Two weeks ago, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning said that dramatic changes in the franchise made the team facility a difficult place for healing. And so Peyton apparently has decided to take a break.
The folks at the Duke Hoop Blog report that Peyton is working out on campus, with long-time family friend and advisor David Cutcliffe, the head coach of the Blue Devils football program.
The disclosure came from Duke offensive lineman Matt Skura, who posted this afternoon on Twitter that he “[g]ot to stretch next to Peyton Manning.”
The development, if accurate, indicates a couple of things. First, it bolsters the notion that Manning currently is less focused on his neck and more focused on his throwing. Second, it suggests that Manning feels more comfortable away from the team facility, which will serve only to increase speculation of an imminent divorce.
We’re trying to confirm that Peyton’s return to the NFL has indeed taken a detour to Duke.
UPDATE 7:59 p.m. ET: 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.