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.

Another big swing and miss from NYDN's Manish Mehta on the Patriots

Another big swing and miss from NYDN's Manish Mehta on the Patriots

Every few months, our buddy Manish Mehta gets suitably bored or his bosses at the New York Daily News get sufficiently impatient with him and he goes off with some prediction that winds up being the absolute direct opposite of what actually happens.

He would be like the drippy-nosed kid at his own birthday party trying to bust open the piñata for an uncomfortable length of time. Except, eventually, somebody takes pity on that kid. With Manish, nobody ever feels bad and he’s left out there swinging long after the party’s over and everyone’s gone home.

Tom Brady’s suspension has provided multiple opportunities for Manish to walk into screen doors.


First, after Brady bailed in July on taking his suspension to the SCOTUS, Mehta spun it forward and said the Jets would be looking real good after four games with Jimmy Garoppolo driving the bus.

Brady will be in full-fledged F.U. mode by the time he faces the Jets for the first time in Week 12. But what if the Patriots start off winless or 1-3 with Garoppolo? Will Brady's greatness be enough to overcome such a sluggish start given that his team has the second toughest strength of schedule in the AFC (behind the Jets and just ahead of the Bills and Dolphins)?

"I feel like, in this division, you got to win 10-plus games, maybe 11-plus games," Decker said. "That means you almost have to go perfect the rest of the year (after a 1-3 start). You can be in a situation where you play a hard Sunday game and, all of sudden, you got a (quick turnaround) on a Thursday night. … You can factor those things in and make a case that it's more difficult to go on a run after starting 1-3."

After the Patriots started 2-0 and Garoppolo broke, Mehta waded in again.

Not even the greatest football mind of the generation will be able to wiggle out of this jam.

The Patriots face a new reality now that Jimmy Garoppolo wrecked his shoulder on Sunday: The Evil Empire will be looking up at the Jets in the AFC East standings when Tom Brady returns….

(Jacoby) Brissett has been a NFL player for FIVE MONTHS. He'll have THREE DAYS to prepare for his first start. Belichick is brilliant, but let's be realistic. He's not going to climb this mountain.

Friday, Manish made a Mehta Culpa in the New York Daily News and on CSN's SportsNet Central. His prediction of Brissett going bellyup and the Patriots being behind the Jets by the time Brady made his return was, “one giant swing and a miss,” wrote Mehta.

“I was wrong like pre-Socratic philosophers, who thought the world was flat. I was wrong like the Chicago Daily Tribune headline writer, who prematurely buried Truman in '48. I was wrong like Lex Luthor, who thought he could destroy Superman three or four hundred times.

Mehta got an avalanche of “You’re a ******* moooooorrrrrrooooonnnnn!!!!” tweets Thursday night. This was his blanket attempt to say, “Yes. Yes I am.”

And for a second, you worry. Is Manish done? Has he taken his blindfold off, put down his stick and gone into the house for good? No more wild swings and misses?

And then you realize it is his raison d’etre. He’ll be back. And – like this guy – he’ll be gloriously mistaken.


Report: Brady and Gisele spotted on Italian island of Capri


Report: Brady and Gisele spotted on Italian island of Capri

Anyone know any good receivers Tom Brady can work out with on Capri?

With a little over a week left before he can return to the Patriots, Brady and wife, model Gisele Bundchen, were spotted in a restaurant on the island of Capri in Italy in photos published by TMZ.

Brady, of course, is serving his NFL-imposed, four-game Deflategate suspension. He will be allowed to return to the Patriots practice facility on Monday, Oct. 3 and is expected to play in the game in Cleveland on Oct. 9.

Last week, Brady traveled to his alma mater, the University of Michigan, to serve as honorary captain for the Wolverines game against Colorado.