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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning indicated that older brother Peyton’s recovery from neck surgery might allow him to return to the Indianapolis Colts before the end of this season.

“Maybe he could be back this year,” Eli told USA TODAY. “I don’t know if that’s the smart thing under the circumstances, but I expect him to be back next year.”

Although Indianapolis is winless after reaching the playoffs for an NFL record-tying nine consecutive seasons, the Colts kept open the possibility that the four-time MVP could rejoin them by never placing him on injured reserve.

Eli noted that he is very encouraged by the progress his brother is making from the first major injury to sideline him during his NFL career. Peyton had made 208 consecutive starts before this year.

“He’s always been a fast healer. He wants to be out there,” Eli said. “He’s being aggressive in his rehab and looking to get back on the field as soon as possible. He looks into every possibility, every opportunity, to get back as soon as possible.”

News Source: IndyStar

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