JIM IRSAY ON MANNING'S SURGERY

Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay spent some time with the media on Tuesday at the NFL league meetings and talked about quarterback Peyton Manning's recent neck surgery.

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COLTS OWNER AND CEO CONFIDENT MANNING WILL BE READY TO GO
Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay after exiting Tuesday's NFL league meetings in Indianapolis released a statement about quarterback Peyton Manning undergoing neck surgery on Monday.

"It's usually a six-to-eight week recovery period," Irsay said. "I think this is one you can bounce back from quickly. Now is the time to do it, the end of May. He's had things tougher than this before.

"He's such a tough guy, takes care of himself and really, really works hard. I feel good about it. This doesn't affect the way I view (a new contract). This is something that is not going to affect the longevity of his career. This is not something where you have to fuse it, and then there's an arthritic condition that all of a sudden is felt. It's not that at all."

Manning, the NFL's only four-time MVP, has started every game of his 13-year career and has led the Colts to the playoffs in 11 of those seasons.

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