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Irsay Won’t Rule Out a Return by Manning in 2011

Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay said Monday that he won’t rule out a return this season by injured quarterback Peyton Manning, calibrating the odds at “slightly less than 50 percent.” Irsay would not rule out the return of his quarterback despite an 0-5 start.

“I think people get confused,” he said. “If he came back, it wouldn’t be because we rushed him back; it would be because he’s 100 percent healthy; that he’s as healthy now as he’ll ever be, with no additional risk to injury. “Look, we want to win football games. We look at this as something where we want to win as many as we can. We don’t see it as risking him to injury. He would be 100 percent, and I feel … and Peyton feels … and the whole organization feels … that we’re going to try to go and win every game as much as we can. But it wouldn’t be a situation where he would be 90 percent, and we would be risking his health.”

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