Associated Press - Dr. Andrew Hecht Weighs In: “Manning Out Indefinitely After Second Neck Surgery”

 – September 9, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

The Indianapolis Colts thought they'd suffered a big blow when they ruled their four-time MVP quarterback out for the season opener. Now they may have lost Peyton Manning for the entire season. Dr. Andrew Hecht, director of spine surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, doesn't believe the injury will prematurely end Manning's career. Hecht said the biggest risk is healing. He said it typically takes three months for the fusion to occur, though some people heal faster. "The odds are that he'll end his career when he wants to end his career," Dr. Hecht said. Learn more