Colts quarterback Peyton Manning recovering from 2nd neck surgery

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Peyton Manning is on the mend from a second neck surgery in the past 15 months.

The Indianapolis Colts veteran quarterback and the NFL’s only four-time MVP informed The Star today he underwent a “minimally invasive’’ procedure on Monday to address a disk-related issue in his neck. Manning had surgery on March 3, 2010 to relieve pain caused by a pinched nerve.

Each procedure was performed by Dr. Richard Fessler at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Manning emphasized the two procedures addressed separate issues. The latest involved discomfort in Manning’s neck that surfaced recently.

Manning remained in the hospital Monday night and returned to his Indianapolis home this afternoon to begin the rehabilitation process “ensuring his readiness with regard to the resumption of any and all activities of the National Football League as scheduled,’’ according to a statement.

Manning told The Star he anticipates “a quick recovery.’’

“There is plenty of time for recovery,’’ he said.

Manning added after last year’s procedure he “was working out within a week and lifting weights within two weeks.

“We’ll formulate a plan moving forward.’’

Manning, 35, has started all 208 regular-season games since the Colts made him the first overall pick in the 1998 draft. That’s the longest streak in NFL history to open a career and the league’s longest active streak. Including the playoffs, Manning has started 227 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in league history (321, Brett Favre).

Manning was able to put the 2010 neck surgery behind him and compile one of the best seasons of his 13-year career. He passed for a career-best 4,700, adding 33 touchdowns against 17 interceptions.

Although Manning’s contract expired at the end of the 2010 season, the Colts slapped him with the “exclusive franchise’’ tag when they were unable to re-sign him to a long-term contract prior to the owners locking out players in March. That ties Manning to the team for 2011 with contract worth $23.1 million.