Manning out four to six weeks

Finally, some relevant fantasy football news that has nothing to do with Brett Favre.

The Indianapolis Colts announced this week that Peyton Manning underwent a surgical procedure to remove an infected bursa sac in his left knee. Rehabilitation from the operation could last as much as six weeks.

Peyton Manning,
Indianapolis Colts

Career Statistics:
QB Rating: 94.7
Yards: 41,626
TDs/INTs: 306/153

That timetable seems to put Manning’s status for the team’s regular-season opener against the Chicago Bears in question.

Colts GM Bill Polian called the procedure “routine,” however, and the team’s medical staff expects a complete recovery within the four-to-six week period.

“Peyton had been receiving conservative treatment for an inflamed bursa sac in consultation with the club’s medical staff since February, 2008,” Polian said. “This course of treatment was productive until Peyton experienced increased pain and early signs of infection. Peyton will meet with the press as normally scheduled at the opening of training camp.”

Manning probably won’t see a single snap in the preseason, but it’s hard to envision a scenario where he won’t be under center in Week 1. The fantasy superstar has missed a mere one snap due to injury at the NFL level, and that came in 2001. It should also be noted that this isn’t the first time Manning has had problems with a bursa sac in his knee.

While a collegiate quarterback at Tennessee, Manning suffered a ruptured bursa sac in a 1997 Southeastern Conference title game against Auburn. After a short time in the hospital, Manning returned to start for the Volunteers in an Orange Bowl loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Barring setbacks, this procedure shouldn’t be of major concern in fantasy land. In fact, Manning should still be seen as one of the top two quarterbacks in all drafts.

Note: I’ll be on vacation and on the road for business until July 25, so I’m turning over the fantasy blog duties to the very capable hands of NFL.com Senior Editor Craig Ellenport and NFL.com Associate Editor Adam Rank.

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