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Peyton Manning no longer with the Colts

INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning’s record-breaking run as quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts ended Wednesday, when owner Jim Irsay announced the team would release its best player.

Both men paused frequently, fighting tears and their voices shaking, when they appeared together at a news conference at the Colts’ team complex.

“This has not been easy for Jim,’’ Manning said, “and this has certainly not been easy for me.’’

The 35-year-old Manning will become a free agent, and there is expected be interest from half a dozen or so NFL clubs, provided he’s healthy. Manning is coming off a series of operations on his neck and missed all of last season.

Indianapolis needed to cut him this week to avoid paying him a $28 million bonus. The Colts are widely expected to begin moving on by taking Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft. AP

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