Peyton Manning has been working out at Duke this week, an athletic department spokesman said Thursday, but his future with the Colts remain a mystery.
The cover was blown earlier Thursday when Matt Skura, a Duke football player, wrote on Twitter that he was “stretching” next to Peyton Manning before the post was taken down.
The connection between the Colts quarterback and Duke is Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe. He was an assistant coach at Tennessee when Manning played there. He was head coach at Mississippi when Eli Manning played there.
Manning told The Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell after the Super Bowl that he might move around the country during his rehabilitation so he can throw to “familiar receivers.”
“I want to go home, too,” Manning said. “We haven’t been to New Orleans yet.”
Meanwhile, reports on Manning’s progress continue to emerge.
On a podcast on the website Grantland, Bill Simmons talked with the NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi. Lombardi reported that Manning isn’t close to his old form after three neck surgeries.
“He can’t throw the ball,” Lombardi said. “I’ve talked to people who’ve caught the ball for him. He can’t throw the ball to his left. He can’t throw the ball across his body, because he doesn’t feel it. People that catch the ball for him say he doesn’t really have velocity on the ball yet.”
Former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian on Thursday called such reports “untrue,” speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio Wednesday. Polian says he saw Manning throw on New Year’s Eve with “quick release, good zip” under 25 yards.
Doctors have said for months that Manning nerves must regenerate before he will be back to full strength. They have said no one can predict when that will happen.