Peyton Manning underwent neck surgery on Thursday, and no timetable is in place for his return.

 

The Colts quarterback — and great rival of Patriots passer Tom Brady — had a one-level cervical neck fusion, his third procedure in 19 months. He went under the knife May 23 to repair a bulging disk.

 

The Colts said the procedure was “uneventful,” and did not place the future Hall of Famer on

season-ending injured reserve. But they also gave little clarity on when he might return.

 

Owner Jim Irsay tweeted Manning will be out “awhile.”

 

Recovery times vary, and there’s a chance the QB could miss the entire season. The best-case scenario seems to be that Manning will be out 2-3 months — more than half the regular season.

 

He’d already been ruled out of Indy’s Week 1 game against the Texans. That will be the first time the Colts have started a game without Manning since he was drafted in 1998.