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Peyton Manning a Jet? Archie mum on subject

With Mark Sanchez struggling late this season and Peyton Manning's status with the Colts uncertain, some Jets fans have allowed themselves to dream of having a Manning to call their own at MetLife Stadium.

What does the Manning brothers' father, Archie, think of that notion?

"Oh, I'm not going to get into that," he said Sunday in Green Bay after his other quarterback son, Eli Manning, led the Giants to a 37-20 playoff victory over the Packers. "Peyton's kind of like, his roots are in [Indianapolis], so we'll see what happens there, and if that doesn't work, maybe he can get healthy, we'll see. But that'll all work out. It'll all work out. He's just trying to get healthy."

How healthy is he after missing the entire 2011 season in the wake of neck surgery? "He's got a great attitude," Archie said. "He's just biting and scratching and trying to get healthy."

The Colts have given no indication they plan to part with Manning, even if they draft Andrew Luck first overall this spring.

Eli joked about the possibility of Peyton joining the Jets with host Michael Kay during his weekly 1050 ESPN appearance, saying: "Yeah, it'd be fun. We could probably commute to work maybe, and we'd come home and eat dinner together, have the kids be playing."

When Kay suggested bunk beds, "like the old days," Eli said: "Twin beds. We could share notes on opponents and watch some film together."

But seriously, folks . . .

"I don't know what's going to happen in that situation," Eli said. "Would it be fun? Yeah. I think it would be interesting to have your brother in the same city playing football together. I don't think we would see each other that often because our schedules would be a whole lot different. Probably just talk on the phone more than see each other during the season. It would be interesting. I'm not saying it's going to happen or I want it to happen, but to have your brother that close to you and playing in New York would be very unique."

Asked Kay: "If he did come here, he'd be coming to your town, right?"

Said Eli: "That's right. That's right."

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