Oldest of the Manning brothers, Cooper knows a thing or two about a career ended by injury. He also knows that Peyton continues to rehab and the rumors have been mere speculation:
When I asked Cooper Manning if Peyton is "determined," he responded quickly, saying, "I think that's a great word for it."
"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 said from his office in New Orleans. "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."
This is why I think he'll play again, just not for us. Sigh.
Unless his arm is 100% broken for life, he's not going to let that WTF?, arms in the air, dismayed reaction to Caldwell's timeout against the Jets be his last action in an NFL uniform.