Peyton Manning holds up his new Denver Broncos jersey during an news conference… (John Leyba / Associated…)
Peyton Manning hates to waste time. The Denver Broncos' new quarterback spent Monday morning throwing at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., south of the city. The Denver Post reported the story, snapping pictures of the four-time Most Valuable Player as he threw.
Under the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement, there are restrictions about when players can train at team facilities during the off-season. Valor Christian is where members of the Broncos held players-only workouts during last year's labor lockout.
When he signed with the Broncos last week, Manning was asked at his introductory news conference if he expected to participate in mini-camps this spring.
"I certainly hope so," he said. "It’s hard to really give a timetable or a prediction. That's one thing that I'd rather not do. I want to be out there every single snap, every single play at the mini-camps and the OTAs. With the new rules this year, they're limited. They're probably more important than they have been in the past just because you don’t get that many of them.
"That's what I want to do and that's my goal. I look forward to getting started on that, but the doctors and the trainers are very encouraged about where I am and the progress that I've made, and I like hearing that. Hopefully we can keep on that path."
Manning underwent four medical procedures on his neck to get him to this point.
"It’s very hard," he said last week. "I never complain though. I have nothing to complain about. I had 20 years of a pretty unbelievable streak of health going back to high school. There are a lot of players that have missed a significant amount of time. This is the first time it's happened to me, so I decided to learn from it."
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