Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has another neck surgery | NFL

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning had neck surgery Monday in Chicago to repair a disk problem.

It was the second neck surgery since February 2010 for Manning, 35, who is the league’s only four-time most valuable player. The previous surgery was to repair a pinched nerve and this operation was less invasive and less complicated, Colts owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday at the league meetings.

“He had a bulging disk,” Irsay said. “The doctors removed a part of it.

“It’s usually a six- to eight-week recovery period. I think this is one you can bounce back from quickly.”

Illegal hits could

lead to team fines

League officials said they will begin fining teams whose players collect a significant number of disciplinary actions for illegal hits, a move designed to encourage franchises to emphasize tacklers must avoid hits to opponents’ heads.

The measure comes after last season’s crackdown on enforcement of illegal hits to the head. But last season’s efforts were aimed at players, not their teams.

“It is going to be implemented,” said Adolpho Birch, NFL senior vice president of law and labor policy. “Some of the details, we’re still working out.”

Those details include the number of disciplinary actions or the amount of fines against players that would yield a fine against a team, and the size of penalties against teams.

Furthermore, the owners expanded protections for “defenseless” receivers and banned players from launching themselves to hit defenseless opponents.

Ward grabs

‘Dancing’ trophy

LOS ANGELES — Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward won the title on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” beating actresses Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane in the season-12 finale.

Ward, 35, gave credit to his professional dance partner, Kym Johnson, 34.

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