Colts quarterback Peyton Manning underwent surgery on his neck this morning, a move that could keep him out of action for at least two months, if not the remainder of the season, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Mortensen reported that Manning decided to have the surgery after consulting with "a half-dozen doctors who reached a consensus that the most viable option would be a one-level cervical neck fusion." Manning underwent surgery on May 23 to repair a bulging disk.
The team has not confirmed the surgery. Team owner Jim Irsay said on his Twitter account this morning that Manning would be "out for awhile" and said Manning didn't undergo surgery on Sunday night.
"Peyton didn't have a medical procedure last sunday, we'll have more info 2 add clarity 2 situation soon." Irsay tweeted earlier today, "NFL Season opens 2nite! We had a good practice yesterday and guys r fired up 4 the season. #18's (Manning's number) out for awhile,but compete,we will/BELIEVE."
Coach Jim Caldwell said earlier today he expected more clarity on Manning's situation soon.
Recently signed Kerry Collins is expected to take over for Manning.