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Irsay optimistic for 'positive vote' on CBA, says Manning should be 'ready' for season

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By Mike Wilkening

ATLANTA — Colts owner Jim Irsay said early Thursday afternoon he's optimistic owners will approve a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Asked if he thought the owners' vote would be unanimous in favor of the new agreement, Irsay indicated owners weren't entirely pleased with all of the elements of the potential CBA, but he said that wasn't unhealthy.

"The morning gets a little ruined by not getting all the things that you hoped to get when you hear the whole thing," Irsay said. "But I'm hopeful that eventually we can get a positive vote."

Irsay noted that he believes "a sign … of a deal that works for both sides" is "if everyone's not quite happy with it."

Said Irsay, referring to the potential CBA vote, which is reportedly expected to occur this afternoon: "But we want to just keep the momentum positive and get there whether it's unanimous or not."

Irsay also gave a brief update on QB Peyton Manning, who is recovering from neck surgery.

"It's something that's progressing," Irsay said. "… The indications are that he should be ready to go this year. You just take it day-by-day. But I don't have any reason not to think once we get ready to play that he won't be ready."

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