Peyton Manning May Miss Entire Season Colts QB has more neck surgery, will be out months if not longer By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Sep 8, 2011 4:49 PM CDT 6 comments Comments Peyton Manning will miss at least part of the season after neck surgery. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Peyton Manning's season is in jeopardy after he had to have his third neck operation in two years, reports ESPN. The Colts QB will be out at least two to three months, though the team is downplaying the seriousness and says it expects him to return at some point. At Sports Illustrated, however, Will Carroll says the recovery time for this procedure—something called a "single level anterior fusion"—is typically up to a full year, and he suggests it's possible the great No. 18 has played his last game.