According to Duke Blue Devils’ offensive lineman Matt Skura, Peyton Manning is working out in Durham on Duke’s campus. Duke head coach David Cutcliffe was Manning’s offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee.
He has remained close to the Manning family for nearly 20 years, also coaching two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli at Ole Miss.
Now, with Manning no longer throwing and working out at the Colts facility, this is going to bring up the question, why?
Why leave Indianapolis to workout somewhere else when Indy has been the place Peyton's been rehabbing for months? Is it because of the Super Bowl week fallout with Jim Irsay? Is it because an impending divorce is imminent? Does this confirm that Peyton and Irsay have already spoken with this week (which Peyton said he expected), and that we should be hearing something soon regarding Peyton's future?
Questions, questions, and questions galore!
Mike Florio provides some reasoning for why Peyton is in Carolina:
Also, keep in mind that Manning may only engage in limited activities at the Colts facility. While failing his exit physical allows him to work out under the supervision of doctors and throw balls to trainers, he can’t throw to players and he can’t work directly with coaches.
The main focus for Peyton right now is getting his arm strength back. The neck is stable, or so the doctors have said. There is no fear of Peyton taking a hit and have his spinal cord snap, or something along those lines, because of his neck injury. It's the arm. Bob Kravitz described it as a 'noodle arm' the other day when he was a guest of The Tony Kornheiser Show on 980 ESPN.
Again, it's the arm. If Peyton can't throw like he used to, he's finished as an NFL quarterback.