Peyton Manning has spent 12 seasons being a pain in the neck of opponents. Now the four-time league MVP is trying to alleviate the pain in his own neck.
The Indianapolis Colts said Wednesday that Manning had surgery in Chicago to fix a pinched nerve, a procedure that is not expected to interrupt his offseason workouts or his availability for next season.
“This 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. “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 Colts said Manning spent Tuesday night in the hospital and was released Wednesday.
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“All medical personnel involved believe the issue has been resolved,” the team said. “Peyton fully expects to participate in the Colts’ offseason program this spring.”
Broncos get busy
The Denver Broncos slapped a first- and third-round tender on Pro Bowl defensive end Dumervil, who led the league in sacks last season with 17. Other teams would have to surrender those two levels of picks in the upcoming draft if they signed the restricted free agent who stands to make $3.168 million next season with the Broncos.
Denver also put a first-round tender on receiver Brandon Marshall, which would make it easier to facilitate a trade. Marshall would get a 14.7 percent raise next season to $2.521 million if he’s still in Denver.
The Broncos also made a first-round tender to quarterback Kyle Orton ($2.621 million)
The Carolina Panthers offered former Oregon State quarterback Matt Moore a one-year deal worth $3.043 million. That means another team would have to surrender first- and third-round draft picks to Carolina to sign him. ... A person familiar with the decision said the Washington Redskins have put a first-round tender on restricted free agent quarterback Jason Campbell. The tender is worth about $3.1 million. ... Redskins six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels will announce his retirement today. ... The Raiders tendered a one-year offer to quarterback Bruce Gradkowski worth $1.759 million. ... The Chicago Bears have tendered one-year offers to five restricted free agents, including safety and kickoff returner Danieal Manning. ... The Kansas City Chiefs released former Washington State wide receiver Devard Darling. ... The Packers made qualifying offers to eight restricted free agents, including starting safeties Nick Collins and Atari Bigby. ... Joshua Grantham, a former inmate who was in jail with the man accused of killing Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams in 2007, testified that suspect Willie Clark boasted about putting Williams “to sleep.”