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April 02, 2012
Even as Peyton Manning built on his Hall of Fame career, a series of events stretching back nearly six years would eventually lead to the momentous move that shook the NFL last week
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April 02, 2012

The Road From Indy To Denver

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Saints coordinator Gregg Williams says in a radio interview that his defense will have to get some "remember me" shots on Manning in Super Bowl XLIV. They don't, but Indy still falls 31--17.

MARCH 2010

Manning undergoes neck surgery to repair what the Colts call a pinched nerve, a condition that the team says "has existed intermittently for the past four years." The Colts say medical personnel believe the operation has resolved the problem.


The Colts place the franchise tag on their QB, assuring him of a one-year contract worth $23 million in 2011. A month later Manning is one of 10 players named in the lockout-related lawsuit against the league.

MAY 2011

Manning again has surgery, this time to remove part of a bulging disk in his neck. Recovery is expected to take six to eight weeks, but a setback means Manning will not be ready for the season opener, ending his consecutive games streak at 208.


Manning has yet another surgery, a cervical neck fusion, on Sept. 8. Nine days later Fox's Jay Glazer reports that Manning flew to Europe for stem cell therapy in a failed bid to get back on the field. Indy will go a league-worst 2--14 in his absence.

MARCH 2012

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