Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is preparing to play in the 2015 NFL season and is working with fitness trainer Mackie Shilstone in New Orleans, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported yesterday. In addition to working with Peyton Manning, Shilstone has worked with baseball player Ozzie Smith, tennis player Serena Williams and boxers Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins.
“Before committing to the Broncos, Manning was awaiting medical evaluations on his surgically repaired neck and a thigh injury that handicapped his performance down the stretch and in the playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts, The Denver Post reported on Jan. 21,” the Times-Picayune reported, “Manning, who will turn 39 on March 24, is the oldest starting quarterback in the NFL. He had multiple neck surgeries before joining the Broncos as a free agent in 2012. Specialists test his neck each offseason to ensure its ability to withstand the physical toll of another NFL season.”
The Washington Post cited Denver Post columnist Woody Paige as stating Peyton Manning return for the 2015 season could only be prevented by an annual physical evaluation conducted by the Denver Broncos. Broncos team management expects a clear answer, on whether he will return, from Peyton Manning by March 9 of this year.
“After a dispiriting playoff loss to the Colts on Jan. 11, in which Manning threw for 211 yards and one touchdown in 46 attempts, he was asked if he was sure to come back for the following season,” the Post reported, and also quoted Peyton as responding to that question, “I kind of need to process this game,” the quarterback replied. “. . . I guess I just can’t give a simple answer.”
The question about whether Peyton Manning will come back to play the 2015 season was one reported to be announced soon, the Inquisitr reported last earlier this month. Manning had finished the season playing with a torn quad muscle in his right arm, and for that reason did not play in the Pro Bowl.
“The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that Manning has met with new Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, and was given assurances that if Manning returned, Kubiak would design an offense around the All-Star quarterback. Though the Broncos gave Manning until March to make a decision, Manning would make a decision soon, most likely this week, so Kubiak has more time to design the offense,” the Inquisitr reported.
Report all indicate that Peyton Manning wants to play this coming season. His actual decision will be coming soon.
Image of Peyton Manning from USA Today.