Saturday: Manning will play in 2012

Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday, appearing on the NFL Network, said that injured quarterback Peyton Manning will be playing in the league somewhere in 2012, whether or not it is with the Colts.

Manning has undergone four procedures on his neck and is still trying to make his way back from an injury that cost him all of the 2011 season.

“I talk to him regularly actually. I love {No.] 18. He’s my guy so I communicate with him regularly. He’s doing his deal and he’s getting ready. He’ll be playing football, I can assure you that. I hope it’s here [in Indianapolis], but he’ll be playing somewhere,” Saturday said.

Asked if that meant Manning would be on a team playing in 2012, he replied, “Absolutely.”

Saturday, who may be at the end of the line himself with the Colts, said team's new coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson should take it upon themselves to watch Manning throw before making their decision on him.

“If I’m the Colts and I have interest in Peyton, I’m calling him up to get him to come throw for me," Saturday said. "I’m not going to wait for him to decide to walk in and throw; I’m going to actively seek that out. That’s probably where that lies.”

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