Cooper Manning: Peyton determined to play in 2012

The Peyton Manning saga has certainly taken on a life of its own in recent weeks, and it seems everyone from Rob Lowe to Jim Irsay to Manning himself have weighed in on the situation.

Now, Manning's older brother Cooper, whose own football career was derailed by a spinal problem, says Peyton is "determined" to come back from the neck injury that cost him the 2011 season.

"What I do know is Peyton is going to do every single thing a human being can possibly do to get ready to play again," Cooper Manning told Albert Breer of NFL Network. "Where, when and how he'll play, that's all up in the air. But as far as his body goes, Peyton's smart, he'll know what to do. Anyone predicting what will happen now going forward is just wasting their breath. But he is working as hard as anyone can work to get out there again."

Cooper Manning also went on to say that he does not believe their is a rift between Peyton Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay, despite their comments in the media last week that ended with a somewhat clumsy joint statement issued by the team. The likelihood that Manning will be released on March 8 rather than the Colts paying a $28 million roster bonus to a quarterback who is still trying to regain his health remains.

"I honestly don't think Peyton meant anything beyond what he said," Cooper said. "He and (Colts owner Jim) Irsay have talked, so I think everything's fine there."

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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