[UPDATE: SI's Peter King has refuted this report. He tweets that Manning is contemplating a third procedure, but it has not happened yet.]
Jake Query, a radio host for WNDE in Indianapolis, is reporting that Colts’ QB Peyton Manning had a third neck procedure – either Sunday or Monday – and is out for the season. Nobody else has confirmed this and the Colts have not commented on Query’s report. Over the weekend, there was some scuttlebutt floating around the web about a third neck procedure, but none of it was ever confirmed.
This was Peyton Manning’s statement earlier:
“To say I am disappointed in not being able to play is an understatement. The best part about football is being out there on the field with my teammates. It will be tough not to be out there playing for the organization and our fans. I simply am not healthy enough to play, and I am doing everything I can to get my health back.”
Some, like Gregg Rosenthal, think the Colts releasing any information about Manning this early could be a bad sign. I’d agree. The Colts and Manning are notoriously media-shy – remember during the lockout when teams were scrimmaging and alerting the media … but Indy never let anyone know what was up?
The counter that argument would be that the Colts simply released the info early so the media would stop pestering the players about it and the team wouldn’t be reeling from shock Sunday morning when they announced Manning was out.