Report: Manning needs another neck procedure


Report: Manning needs another neck procedure

By Phil Perry

If fans in Indianapolis weren't panicking before Sunday night, they are now.

According to Indianapolis radio host John Michael Vincent, Peyton Manning needs another neck procedure and is out indefinitely.

Now, Vincent, who goes by JMV on the radio, admitted on Twitter that he is "not trying to be a newsbreaker. Never cared for that." So it's tough to gauge the legitimacy of a huge breaking news story like this from someone who says they're not into breaking news. But JMV cites multiple unnamed sources and said via Twitter that the story "seems to be solid."

He added, "If not U can torch me."

Manning has had two neck surgeries in the last two years, and as he has recuperated from his most recent procedure, the Colts signed Kerry Collins. That signing was cause for concern in Indy because why pay a backup quarterback 4 million -- which is what the Colts gave Collins -- if your future Hall of Fame quarterback is going to be ready for Week 1?

Colts fans may have been given hope last week since Manning was removed from the physically unable to perform list and began limited participation in practice.

Colts general manager Bill Polian responded to the report that Manning needs another procedure by saying, "I don't know anything about that. I honestly don't."

Colts owner Jim Irsay, an avid tweeter, had an interesting message for his followers.

From PFT:

The Colts have been silent so far, but owner Jim Irsay has made an indirect reference on Twitter to the classic astronaut SOS: Houston, we have a problem. Instead of typing those words, Irsay has opted for the lesser-known follow up.Excuse me, sir, I think this will be our finest hour.

ESPN is reporting that Manning has met with doctors to be re-evaluated because of slow progress, but that no surgery is scheduled "as of now." ESPN's Chris Mortenson also tweeted that when the Colts signed Collins, they did not believe Peyton Manning would be ready for the team's opener with the Texans.

CBS is reporting that there is the "potential" for Manning to miss 4-5 weeks or more to start the season.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King is reporting that Manning's neck issue has something to do with nerve regeneration, and that you "can't rush Mother Nature." What's more, King is also reporting that Manning has a sore back.

The Patriots are scheduled to play the Colts Dec. 4.

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Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.


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