Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 1/31/12

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts after throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Austin Collie #17 in the second quarter against the New York Jets during the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Over the past week or so, we have heard every rumor possible regarding Peyton Manning. He and the Colts will work things out. The Colts are set to release him. The Dolphins and Redskins are very interested in Manning’s services. Wait, none of that matters because his rehab is not progressing and reliable sources say Peyton will retire. In an interview with ESPN on Tuesday, Manning assured everyone that he intends to play next season.

“Doctors and I have been in good, constant communication,” Manning said according to Pro Football Talk. “And I’m very encouraged by what they’ve said.  Everything’s right on point. I’ll be cleared and ready to play.”

Trey Wingo then asked Manning if he has considered retirement, to which he replied: “I have no plans on doing that.”

So there you have it.  Amidst all the rumors and rumblings, we hear straight from the horse’s mouth that Manning plans to play next season.  We already told you we believe he is done in Indianapolis, and there is no reason to go back on that given what has unfolded over the past few days.  If Peyton can regain his arm strength and he is telling the truth about what doctors have told him, we could be in for a feeding frenzy this offseason when the Colts inevitably send him packing.

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