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INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning's the name no one can stop talking about at Super Bowl XLVI. His silence during the early part of the week is part of the reason why everyone from Eli Manning to Tom Brady has been quizzed (or had their verbiage scrutinized) about the Colts quarterback.
On Tuesday, Manning emerged from hiding and told ESPN in an interview that, despite reports to the contrary, he "really feel[s] good," that he has no plans to retire, but that he also has "no set timetable" for how long he'll play in the NFL.
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"I really feel good. I continue to make progress every day," he said. "Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. I just had a great day today with rehab, just got back from the facility, and that's what we continue to do. Just keep trying to get better. So far I have. That's the plan from here on out."
Not surprisingly, Manning has no plans to retire. But he also has no idea how long he'll play in the NFL.
"[There's] no set timetable," Manning said when discussing how long he'd play in the NFL. "I really don't. I've played a long time. I'm grateful for the time that I've played so far, and I have nothing to complain about. How much longer, we'll see."
Manning also talked about his relationship with Jim Irsay and their upcoming decision. He said that he and Irsay's relationship has "always been great" and will "continue to be great," and that the two wouldn't be talking about the decision on whether Manning will remain a Colt until after the Super Bowl.
Interestingly, Manning believes Irsay will make that decision before the March 8 deadline in Peyton's contract.
"I think the sooner the better, I really do," Manning said. "Jim and I talk constantly, we really do. We're in constant communication, and after this week is over, we'll do it, and we'll make a good plan from there. Either way, it's going to be good. I'm at peace, and it'll be a positive thing, I can assure you."
Unfortunately for Manning, it's pretty unlikely that the rest of the football-watching world will be at peace until a decision is actually made. Which means the next six days are going to continue to center around his future with the Colts.
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