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But it’s Irsay who must make that decision, and it’s obvious that the two haven’t been talking much lately _ something Irsay acknowledged will change between now and March 8.

“It’s a very simple issue, it’s a health issue,” the owner said.

“It’s one of those things where just when you think it’s going in the right direction, things change,” he said, explaining later there was no indication Manning had had a setback over the last month. “It’s been very hard on everyone around here, and it’s been very hard on Peyton, too.”