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Peyton Manning Strong at Denver OTA: Big Deal?

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning participated in his first organized team activities with his new team on Monday and so far–the reviews were solid as the future Hall of Famer was praised for the “zip” in his throws and interaction with his new teammates. However, there’s no reason to get too carried away over Manning just yet.

This is a player that missed the entire 2011 season due to multiple neck surgeries and one of those severe injuries that puts a player’s career in jeopardy. The Broncos heavily invested in Manning when they agreed to a five-year deal worth $96 million following his release from the Indianapolis Colts and the last thing they can afford to have happen is see their quarterback have more complications from returning to the football field earlier than he should have–especially since Tim Tebow is now a part of the New York Jets.

Until Manning actually takes a few big hits during a preseason or regular season game and manages to get up on his own without any complications, there’s no reason to make a big deal about this situation yet. Organized team activities are nowhere close to being at the same level as an actual game–so let’s wait a few months before the praising of Manning begins.