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Peyton Manning will take on Indianapolis Colts for the first time in his career when his Denver Broncos side travel to the Lucas Oil Stadium in week seven.

Manning spent 13 years with the Colts having been the first overall draft pick in the 1998 draft, but was released in 2012 and joined the Broncos.

This weekend, Manning will come up against his former side for the first time and Colts owner Jim Irsay has come under criticism for quotes made about the quarterback.

Irsay had told USA Today: "What's happened is what Peyton and I hoped would happen. The desire was for him to get well and get to a team that has a chance to win another Super Bowl before his career ended. And our desire was to be able to transition to Andrew (Luck).

"We've changed our model a little bit, because we wanted more than one of these (Superbowl Championship rings)."

The comments didn't go down well with Manning's Broncos coach, John Fox, who said: "I saw the comments, and to be honest with you I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot.

"To me, in my opinion, they were disappointing and inappropriate. Peyton would never say anything, he's too classy to do that, but they sounded a little ungrateful and unappreciative to me, for a guy that's set a standard, won a Super Bowl, won division titles, won four MVP awards.

"I'd be thankful of that one Super Bowl ring, because a lot of people don't have one."

Isray has been quick to answer back to Fox's comments, saying on his official Twitter account: "The noise doesn't bother me,to quote the most loved Ind Colt of all time (Manning) "I wanted to stay,Jim wanted me to stay,circumstances forced r hand.""

Irsay followed that up by tweeting: "So Colt Fans,we're gonna have a fantastic tribute for incredible,historic football game!! Hopefully a memorable,close ball game!"

Everyone involved with the Colts will be wary of the presence of Manning who has been in inspiring form for the Broncos this season.

The 37-year-old has thrown 22 touchdowns as the Broncos go into Sunday's encounter with a 6-0 record.

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