Polian expects Manning doing everything he can to play
Colts QB's future remains ongoing saga
"I think if it's humanly possible, he'll play," Polian said Thursday. "I think he wants to play very badly. He's a great competitor. He didn't like the way last year went for him."
Manning's future - and whether it will be with the Colts - remains an ongoing saga after he missed the entire 2011 season following neck surgery in September.
The Colts must pay a $28 million roster bonus to Manning by March 8 or risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent. The sides could also work out a restructured contract.
There is no definitive timetable for Manning's recovery. After he had four procedures on his neck in a 19-month period, he has been slowly working his way back while waiting for nerves to regenerate.
Polian said Manning looked fairly sharp during a late December workout, showing good velocity on his throws, but conceded that the four-time NFL MVP "had a ways to go."
Manning's health issues aside, another factor complicating the Colts' plans is that they hold the No. 1 overall draft pick and are expected to use it to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
Indianapolis officials shed little light on Manning's situation Thursday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
"We'll just keep evaluating the situation as we move forward," new Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "I know he's working out and throwing. He's making progress.
"Time will let the thing work itself out."
General manager Ryan Grigson, another offseason hire, said the evaluation of Manning is an ongoing process.
"We want to do it the right way, do what's best for the organization and for Peyton," Grigson said.