Injured Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning had stem cell therapy in Europe before having a third neck surgery this month, according to a report.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported Sunday that Manning had the controversial therapy, which isn't yet approved for use in the United States. Since Manning went ahead and had a third neck surgery, it is reported that the therapy didn't work.
Just before the start of the NFL regular season the 35-year-old Manning announced that he could not play in the Colts' opener.
To say I am disappointed in not being able to play is an understatement, Manning said in a statement before the start of the season. I simply am not healthy enough to play, and I am doing everything I can to get my health back.
Days later, it was reported that the veteran quarterback had another neck surgery that might keep him out for two to three months.
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Manning reportedly decided to have the surgery after consultation with a half-dozen doctors who through the best option would be a one-level cervical neck fusion, whic he had. Manning already had surgery in May to repair a bulging disk.
According to the report, Manning had stem cell therapy in Europe in trying to avoid another surgery -- which could end his career of recovery and rehabilitation doesn't go well.