Peyton Manning won’t play again this season, but he should be able to play next year after undergoing his third neck surgery in the past two years. The surgery, performed in May, fused two disks in his neck.
Dr. Neel Anand, director of orthopedic surgery at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles, told the Indianapolis Star that he has performed similar surgery on other athletes, and that they’ve been able to return. He did not perform the surgery on Manning.
“That’s really going to be the test,” Anand said. “Can he throw full strength? He will know it.”
And if he doesn’t feel strong enough to throw?
“If there’s still weakness,” Anand said, “all he can do is keep waiting.”