Peyton Manning Has Minor Neck Surgery
"Peyton Manning yesterday underwent a procedure to relieve pain in his neck caused by a pinched nerve. This condition has existed intermittently for the past four years, but at no time did it interfere with his training, practice or playing regimen. While it never has affected Peyton's activity on or off the field, the Colts' medical staff, after post-playoff examination, thought it best to resolve the situation now.
"The procedure was performed by Dr. Richard Fessler in Chicago. Peyton had only an overnight stay in the hospital and is on his way home. All medical personnel involved believe the issue has been resolved. Peyton fully expects to participate in the Colts' off-season program this Spring.
"This statement reflects the facts and views of Peyton, the Colts' medical staff and the Club. Consequently, we will have no further comment."
The statement certainly appears accurate in regards to the pain not impacting Manning's play. In the past four seasons, he has led the Colts to a 41-13 record during the regular season -- winning two straight NFL MVP awards. Manning's Colts also went to the Super Bowl twice, winning it once. That's quite a four-year span for someone who was suffering from continued pain in his neck due to a pinched nerve.
Now pain-free, the 33-year-old future Hall of Famer will look to continue his assault on NFL record books. He'll also look to bring some more team trophies to the Indianapolis franchise, which has been transformed into one of the NFL's elite since he was taken No. 1 overall in the 1998 NFL Draft.