“I think he has a great chance to play five years,” Irsay said via Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com. “He’s such a tough guy. He takes care of himself. He really, really works hard. I feel good about it. This doesn’t affect the way I view [a new contract].”
Irsay stressed this surgery was less problematic than the one Manning underwent last March. Irsay believes it will take Manning 6-8 weeks to recover.
Sadly, no one expects the lockout to end during that timeframe.