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Peyton Manning could miss entire ’11 season

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

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.