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.

PFT: Belichick can still diagram his dad’s Navy plays from 1959

PFT: Belichick can still diagram his dad’s Navy plays from 1959

CBS interviewed Patriots coach Bill Belichick and 1960 Heisman winner Joe Bellino from Navy as part of its Army-Navy Game coverage Saturday.

Belichick's father, Steve, was an assistant coach at Navy when Bellino played there, and little Bill, then 7, took it all in. So much so, that 57 years later, Belichick can still diagram the 27 F Trap play that his dad used to drew up in the 1959 season for Bellino.

More from NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk here.


Curran: To gauge Patriots' plans for Jimmy G, look to Brissett

Curran: To gauge Patriots' plans for Jimmy G, look to Brissett

When trying to figure out what the Patriots will ultimately do with Jimmy Garoppolo, forget about the speculation and instead focus on the little things the team does. 

Like how they are tending to Jacoby Brissett. 

After having thumb surgery on Oct. 7, Brissett was put on IR. But the team used its one "Get off of IR free card" on Brissett and he's been practicing with the team for the past couple of weeks while not taking up a roster spot. 

That alone isn't compelling evidence that he's the backup-in-waiting and Garoppolo's about to be packed up and shipped out, argued my compadre, Senator Phil Perry. The team had no other players on IR that they could use the designation on at the time. Why not use it on Brissett?

Prior to that, though, we've seen Brissett accompanying the team to away games including the cross-country junket to San Francisco. A reason? Since the Patriots played three straight at Gillette at the start of the season when Brissett was the direct backup to Garoppolo, he didn't get a good look at the road operation and the tempo of being the visiting team. How things work on flights, in meetings, at opposing stadiums and on the sidelines is worth getting a promising young players' eyes on. Also, getting his offensive teammates used to having him around is probably an even bigger benefit. It's not unprecedented to have IR players travel but its not conventional practice either. 

With so many quarterback-needy teams around the league, Garoppolo is perhaps the most attractive option out there. By the end of this year, he will have apprenticed three seasons behind the best quarterback of all-time in a sophisticated offense for a program that's as demanding as any in the league. In the 1 1/2 games he was able to play as a starter in place of Tom Brady, he was sensational.

He got hurt and that's not great. But any team making a deal for him that has concerns about his durability can take him for a spin for one season. Garoppolo is on the books for $825K in 2017 and then his contract is up. The team that dealt for him can franchise him if they need another season to think on it. 

I don't think the Patriots are itching to move Garoppolo. They know they are sitting comfortably with a stack of the most valuable commodity in the sport -- good quarterbacks (or at least one great one and two promising ones) - piled in front of them. They can let the game come to them. 

If it does, as former Patriots executive and Bill Belichick consigliere Mike Lombardi thinks it will, the Patriots can rest easy dealing Garoppolo knowing that they already did advance work getting Brissett up to speed.