The Colts have announced that All Pro quarterback Peyton Manning underwent a procedure yesterday to relieve pain in his neck caused by a pinched nerve.
"The condition has existed intermittently for the past four years, but at no time did it interfere with his training, practice or playing regimen," the Colts said in a release. "While it never has affected Peyton's activity on or off the field, the Colts' medical staff, after post-playoff examination, thought it best to resolve the situation now."
The procedure was performed in Chicago by Dr. Richard Fessler and isn't expected to keep Manning from participating in the team's off-season program.
Manning, who has never missed a game in his NFL career since being drafted first overall by the Colts in 1998, won his unprecedented fourth Most Valuable Player award. He led the Colts to the Super Bowl, but lost to the Saints.
Manning's fourth quarter interception to Saints cornerback Tracy Porter sealed the win for New Orleans.