Knee surgery knocks Colts' Manning out 4-6 weeks
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will miss most of training camp after undergoing knee surgery on Monday, but should be healthy for the team's 2008 season opener.
Manning, 32, had surgery to remove infected bursa sac from his left knee.
"The procedure was routine," team president Bill Polian said in a statement. "The Colts medical staff expects a full and complete return to action in four to six weeks.
"Peyton had been receiving conservative treatment for an inflamed bursa sac in consultation with the club’s medical staff since February 2008. This course of treatment was productive until Peyton experienced increased pain and early signs of infection."
Manning has never missed a regular season game in his NFL career, starting 160 consecutive games.
The Colts said barring any complications Manning should be able to continue that streak on Sept. 7 when Indianapolis opens against the Chicago Bears.
Manning led the Colts to a win over the Bears in the 2007 Super Bowl in Miami, earning MVP honours.
The pivot ranks fourth all-time with 306 touchdown passes and ninth with 41,626 passing yards. He has twice been named regular season MVP and set a record with 49 touchdown passes in the 2004 season, a mark broken last year by Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.
Polian said Manning is expected to address the media next week when the team's training camp opens in Terre Haute, Ind.