Colts’ Manning has procedure for pinched nerve

Colts QB Peyton Manning underwent a procedure Tuesday to relieve pain in his neck caused by a pinched nerve, the team announced in a press release.

“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 statement 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 procedure, performed by Dr. Richard Fessler in Chicago, isn’t expected to keep Manning from participating in the team’s offseason program.

Manning won his record fourth league MVP award this season after leading the Colts to a 14-0 start and passing for 4,500 yards to go with 33 touchdowns. He guided Indianapolis to Super Bowl XLIV, but a fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown by Tracy Porter helped seal the Saints’ victory.

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