Originally Posted by Paintnoob13
You guys do realize that for a hit to know peyton out they're basically gonna have to snap his vertebrae at the fuse right?
Hardly. The fusion does not have to be broken to sideline Manning. A fusion eliminates the motion of the fused joint*, causing the joints above and below to have to move more to retain the same or close to the same degree of motion of the neck. The additional wear and tear on the adjacent disc levels makes them more susceptible to injury. Damage to one of those discs resulting in a new herniated disc would pretty much end Manning's career on the field. Also, Manning will be more susceptible to neurologic damage in his neck, and that could affect his ability to throw the ball.
*Each disc level in the spine is