Report: Peyton working out at Duke, with Cutcliffe


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.

34 responses to “Report: Peyton working out at Duke, with Cutcliffe

  1. ………and their receivers were bummed, cuz he kept throwing the ball to Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison.

  2. To be fair the team facilities probably still might not be open since they just had the Super Bowl. AND, on top of that, he can’t touch (or throw for that matter) a football at the Indy facilities because of new NFL rules.

  3. ummmm, maybe because he plans to drive 7 miles down the road to watch the basketball game??? Figured maybe I’ll see an old friend, workout, get some advice and what not, then see a pretty good basketball game afterwards.. maybe.. 😉

  4. This is part two of the Manning/Irsay WWE style PR battle that started two weeks ago with Manning calling Bob Kravitz. There has been a back and forth going here in Indy, the last being Irsay saying Manning is not healthy per Colt Doctor standards, but had been cleared by International experts.
    So Manning goes to Duke, video will soon circulate of him throwing the ball around and the microphone will be back in Irsay’s court to ask him “What Now that he can throw?” Not a surprise Manning would do this at all.

  5. David Cutcliffe was his QB coach and Offensive Coordinator at UT so this shouldn’t be a surprise. Plus Duke has some of the best medical facilities on the planet so when the Colts do cut him, he can just work with their doctors. It’s obvious his time with the Colts has come to an end. I just wish the Colts owner would have the guts and just pull the trigger so everyone can move on with their lives and Peyton can begin to find a new team. Isn’t like the Colts are hanging on to Manning to trade him. No one is going to pay that 25+ mill for him!!!

  6. He can workout at the Colts facility since he failed his end of year physical.

    The problem is he would be limited to throwing to other Colts employees such as equipment guys and such.

    This could be a one time thing, it could be what he does moving forward.

    He trusts Cutcliffe, he has college receivers to throw to and Cutcliffe can evaluate him.

  7. If he starts working out at a high school in Mississippi we’ll all know he’s coming back…

  8. wait……there’s a football field at Duke?????? stop the presses… thing you know they will be playing soccer at UT!!!!!!!

  9. Manning drive up I 95 north to fedex field you are more than we’ll one to work out with redskins staff. PLEASE Cooley needs someone to throw him the ball.. jb from norfolk

  10. 28 million!
    28 million!
    28 million!

    Work that nerve!
    Work that nerve!
    Work that nerve!

    28 mill …

  11. @riverhorey how do you know if he will even play again? he could get on a field and take 1 hit and be parlized? so saying he will win another superbowl is a bit premature…you should think a little more before you type in the future. good luck to peyton i hope him the best with whatever he decides to do.

  12. This is getting a little too familiar.. Team easing QB all time great out of the equation and onto the market , and then reports come of said QB working out at some school

  13. @vikescry1

    He’s been medically cleared in terms of the neck issues. He is at no more risk of serious injury than any other NFL player.

  14. Matt Volk says:
    Feb 8, 2012 8:35 PM
    Duke isn’t going to be the best place for heeling tonight after the Heels dish out that beat down!!!!!!

    Matt- stick with your day job. Prophecy is NOT your strong point.

  15. Im not a prophet but I do believe he will play again just don’t know where? I still wouldn’t rule out him staying in Indy especially with how devastated that fan base will be if and when Irsay cuts ties to the man that made football matter in Indianapolis. Its a fact that the surgery Manning has had isn’t a true career ender. Im telling you research his surgery and what different doctors have said about it. If anything its really more of the nerve that he has to worry about more than breaking his neck on a hit. Some of you guys make me laugh with put a fork in him, etc…. he turns 36 in March and with his QB style he can definitely play into his very early 40’s if he chooses too. If he was a Vick styled QB with that surgery and got hit as much as Big Ben than Yeah be nervous of signing him. The man is one of the most intelligent players ever to play the game so whatever decision he makes will be the right one. This isn’t Brett Favre here who will play ping pong going back and forth with a decision than over stay his welcome. This is a guy that has the intelligence and skill to carry a franchise who made average dudes look like pro bowlers with how hard he works. Any team to get this guy will have an advantage if his health is there when the non playing Rust wears off.

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