Get used to Peyton Manning being asked questions this week about playing next season. And get used to him not providing an answer to the question.
In a taped interview with ESPN’s Chris Berman that played at halftime of the Pro Bowl, with Berman in Hawaii and Manning still (at the time of the taping) in Denver, Peyton avoided the question of whether he’ll play in 2016.
“I’ve stayed in the moment, focused on the task at hand,” Manning said, explaining that he took the season a week at a time, and that he enjoys wearing a uniform at games far more than wearing jeans and a pullover.
That was the only topic of consequence, with no questions from Berman about the Al Jazeera HGH allegation that Manning has called “garbage,” even as he has vowed to cooperate with the league’s investigation. It’s possible Manning agreed to the interview with the express understanding the topic wouldn’t come up. It’s possible that Berman opted to exercise discretion. It’s possible that a question was asked but that the question and answer didn’t make their way to the final product.
Regardless, Manning surely will be asked about it at some point this week, when he’s subject to multiple mandatory media obligations including reporters with no direct or indirect interest in treading lightly. Unless, he decides to pull a Marshawn and say, “I’m just here so I don’t get fined,” at some point there will be a fresh sound bite regarding the situation.