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Peyton Manning's future murky after another playoff disappointment

Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos walks

Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after losing 24-13 to the Indianapolis Colts in a 2015 AFC divisional playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Jan. 11, 2015 in Denver. Credit: Getty Images / Ezra Shaw

DENVER - Peyton Manning hedged on returning next year to play for the Denver Broncos.

Following a 24-13 loss to Indianapolis in the AFC divisional playoffs on Sunday, the 38-year-old, five-time MVP was asked if he planned to return for the 2015 season.

"I guess I just can't give that simple answer, I'm processing it," Manning said. "So, I can't say that."

As recently as Christmas Eve, Manning said he planned on being back next season if the Broncos wanted him.

Manning went 26 for 46 for 211 yards and a touchdown against the Colts. He struggled to find his rhythm, as has been the case since mid-November, when the Broncos started running the ball more.

He said he's been dealing with a thigh bruise since the Dec. 14 game against the Chargers, but said it felt good enough to play with coming into the playoffs.

New York Sports