Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/25/12

Peyton Manning will play football in 2012, Indianapolis Colts center and close friend Jeff Saturday said.

Saturday, who was working as a scouting combine analyst for NFL Network, said that he is constant communication with Manning and feels he'll return.

"I talk to him regularly,” Saturday said. “I love (No.) 18. He’s my guy so I communicate with him regularly. He’s doing his deal and he’s getting ready and he’ll be playing football. I can assure you of that."

Manning missed all of last season after dealing with his third neck surgery in less than two years.

Manning's days in Indianapolis appear to be coming to an end as the Colts own the top overall pick in the draft. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is the likely pick.

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