Colts QB Peyton Manning is not going to be ready for the start of the team's training camp due to the offseason surgery he underwent, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Manning, who had neck surgery on May 23, won't be ready when the team reconvenes on July 31, assuming the lockout is lifted this week. The Star cites a source familiar with Manning's health situation that believes the All-Pro quarterback will be unable to play when camp begins and is unsure when Manning will be healthy enough to return to the field.
Manning also had offseason neck surgery last offseason, but that procedure took place in March, allowing him enough rehab time to be ready for the start of camp. He also was able to work with the Colts trainers last summer, a group of people he's been out of contact with during the labor dispute. According to the newspaper, Manning has a great amount of faith in that staff, and the lack of assistance from them has played a role in the quarterback's rehab.
After Manning's surgery was announced, Colts owner Jim Irsay told reporters at the NFL meetings that the neck procedure "usually (has) a six- to eight-week recovery period. I think this is one you can bounce back from quickly." By July 31, however, it will have been nearly 10 weeks, and the quarterback is not expected to be back.
The way we see it
Since he's come into the league in 1998, Manning has started all 208 regular-season and 19 postseason Colts games. Missing some time in camp could be harmful, especially since the team has a lot of new pieces on the offensive line, but it shouldn't be a huge worry to fans unless the quarterback looks like he won't be able to suit up come September 11, when the Colts' regular season begins in Houston.