Irsay: Odds Peyton Manning returns 'slightly less than 50 percent'

CBS sports - [Full Article]

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."

While that's higher -- in fact, much higher -- than I expected, it still begs the question: Why would Peyton Manning return at all?

I mean, if it's December, and the Colts are buried in the AFC South why would Manning or the Colts risk further injury by having him play out the string to a lost season?

"Each season connects to the next season," said Irsay, here for the NFL fall meetings, "just like when we were 3-13 in 1998 (Manning's rookie year) and were 13-3 in 1999. Each year connects, and there's a thread that runs through your team. You want to get better, and if you're getting better in December that can carry through to next year. "

Fantasy Impact: 

Despite what Irsay says, there isn't a lot of benefit to having Manning return from major neck surgery and risk more injury this season. Unless you have extremely deep rosters, Manning probably shouldn't be on yours.

Filed Under: 2011, W6

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