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Irsay insists, again, that he and Manning are fine

By Michael Marot

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Feb. 3 2012 3:01 p.m. MST

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, FEB. 4-5 - FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2011, file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning talks ato reporters in the locker room at the NFL football team's practice facility in Indianapolis. The Super Bowl is getting upstaged by the greatest spectacle in football. Manning is making headlines without playing a down, dominating conversations without saying a word and superseding the two conference champions from the sideline.

Michael Conroy, File, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — For the second straight week, Colts owner Jim Irsay is trying to put an end to a public spat between him and Peyton Manning.

Irsay said Friday that he and his star quarterback remain "close and unified." The statement included a photo of Manning, Irsay, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and others at a party Thursday night.

At about the same time they were attending that party, Manning's surgeon issued a statement saying he had been cleared to play football.

A couple of hours later, Irsay responded on Twitter by saying that Manning had not been cleared by the team's doctors -- causing yet another stir during Indy's first Super Bowl week being headlined by Manning's younger brother, Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

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