Broncos' Peyton Manning facing post-career hip replacement

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has had four neck surgeries, including spinal fusion surgery in 2011, he's had major knee surgery, and Wednesday he said doctors have already told him he will need hip replacement surgery "at some point.''

Manning revealed the health nugget Wednesday when he was asked a question about the revelation from Boston University researchers that Hall of Famer quarterback Ken Stabler suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and whether Manning had concerns about his health when he transitions into his post-NFL life.

"Certainly when you have injuries, when you have surgeries, the doctors sometimes will mention to you, whether you ask him or not, you're probably headed for a, you know, a hip replacement at a certain time of your life,'' Manning said. "And I said 'Doc, I didn't ask you if I had to have a hip replacement, I didn't need to know that here at age 37, that's for sure.' And I look forward to that day when I'm 52 and have a hip replacement. You know, am I going to have some potential neck procedures down the road, I don't know the answer to that. The hip part was true, this doctor told me that. I've seen a lot of doctors and he was nice enough to share that information with me.''

Manning, 39, missed seven starts this season with a tear in his plantar fascia near his left heel. Over the past three seasons, Manning has been treated for ankle, thigh, shoulder, rib and foot injuries.

He said Wednesday he's tried to take some preventative measures now to try to reduce potential health concerns later.

"I feel like I do a lot of things to try to ... you know, preventive type of stretching, I wear a posture shirt, different things like that,'' Manning said. "As those things come along, you know, later in life for me, I'll try to handle them and try to have a good plan. But I feel pretty good as we speak.''

Manning had multiple neck surgeries in 2011, including one in May of that year to repair a bulging disk in his neck to go with a spinal fusion surgery in early September of that year. He signed with the Broncos in 2012.

Manning had multiple surgeries on his left knee in 2008, including a procedure to remove an infected bursa sac and he still wears a knee brace in games.