|At roast of Rob Lowe, Peyton Manning takes Deflategate-related shot at Tom Brady||08.30.16 at 8:30 am ET|
At a Comedy Central roast of Rob Lowe that is set to air this weekend, former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning — a friend of Lowe — got in a quick jibe at the expense of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) August 29, 2016
|Donald Brown latest in parade of ex-Peyton Manning Era Colts who couldn’t cut it with Patriots||08.23.16 at 11:28 am ET|
With Tuesday’s release of running back Donald Brown, it brings down the curtain on one of the longest traditions in Foxboro, “Peyton Manning Era Colt Who Attempts To Revive His Career With The Patriots.” It’s featured several notable names over the years.
Brown: The former UConn standout, who was with Indy from 2009 through 2013, was signed this past March 18 and released with an injury settlement on Aug. 23.
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne: Wayne spent 14 seasons with the Colts and had 14,345 receiving yards before he was cut loose by Indy following the 2014 season. The Patriots signed him on Aug. 25 last summer, but asked for and was granted his release on Sept. 6 after reportedly saying it was “too tough” and “not fun” in Foxboro.
Running back Joseph Addai: The shifty LSU product, who rushed for 4,453 yards in six seasons with the Colts, was signed by New England on May 10, 2012, but reportedly walked out in late July … midway through a conditioning test.
Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez: The pass catcher was a member of the Colts from 2007 through 2011 and compiled 1,307 receiving yards through that stretch. He was inked by the Patriots on March 17, 2012, but he didn’t even make it to training camp — he was cut on May 29 of the same year.
Wide receiver Austin Collie: Collie probably had he best career in New England of any ex-Colt on this list. After four seasons in Indy, he played seven games for the 2013 Patriots, and finished with six catches for 63 yards. He did not return for the 2014 campaign.
Tight end Dallas Clark: Clark, who had a serious run of success over the course of his career against New England, had a tryout in 2012 with the Patriots, but nothing ever came of it and he ended up signing with the Bucs.
Tight end Marcus Pollard: The rangy tight end signed with the Patriots in the spring of 2008, but was released on Aug. 19.
|In wake of NFL decision on Peyton Manning, NFLPA issues statement||07.25.16 at 12:02 pm ET|
In the wake of the NFL’s decision to clear Peyton Manning in the Al-Jazeera/HGH case, the NFLPA has issued a statement.
“As a former player, Peyton Manning is free to do whatever he believes is in his best interest. The Union knows that he understands the rights of players under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and would never do anything to hurt or undermine active players in support of those rights.”
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|NFL: No evidence Peyton Manning used HGH or any other PED||at 11:07 am ET|
The NFL has apparently cleared Peyton Manning.
According to a report from ESPN, a seven-month probe by the league has found that Manning did not use HGH nor any other PED.
In a controversial report from Al-Jazeera America last year, the former Broncos quarterback was accused of having human growth hormone shipped to his house. The allegations were made by Charlie Sly, a former anti-aging clinic intern who was secretly videotaped as part of the documentary. Manning has consistently denied the charges.
UPDATE: The league has issued a statement.
“Following a comprehensive seven-month investigation into allegations made in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America, the NFL found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with or used HGH or other substances prohibited by the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, it was announced today. The Mannings were fully cooperative with the investigation and provided both interviews and access to all records sought by the investigators. Initiated in January, the investigation was led by the NFL’s security and legal teams with support from expert consultants and other professionals. The investigation involved witness interviews, a review of relevant records and other materials, online research, and laboratory analysis and review. Separately, the NFL’s investigation continues into the documentary’s allegations made against other NFL players, which involve different lines of inquiry and witnesses.”
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|Report: All players named in Al Jazeera PED story, including Peyton Manning, to be interviewed by NFL||06.27.16 at 12:57 pm ET|
All of the players who were named in Al Jazeera’s PED documentary — including former Denver quarterback Peyton Manning — will be interviewed by the league, according to Pro Football Talk.
Initially, a report last week indicated that Green Bay’s Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Pittbsurgh’s James Harrison would be asked about last year’s story. However, PFT reported Monday that all the players named in the report, including Manning, will be interviewed.
A report last week did reveal that the league continues to look into Manning’s potential involvement.
|Report: 3 NFL players mentioned in Al-Jazeera PED report will be questioned by league next month, probe into Peyton Manning ‘progressing’||06.24.16 at 1:27 pm ET|
The NFL will interview three players named in an Al-Jazeera America report linking them to performance enhancers and other drugs before the start of training camp next month, according to USA Today.
According to this report, Green Bay’s Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Pittsburgh’s James Harrison will be scheduled for interviews the day camps open regarding the story from last year regarding potential PED use.
The news came via a letter from Adolpho Birch, the league’s senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs, to NFL counsel Heather McPhee.
The letter did not mention Peyton Manning, who was the most prominent name mentioned in the initial report. However, USA Today says the probe into Manning “is also progressing,” according to a source.
|By the numbers: Tom Brady poised to climb several all-time statistical lists in 2016||06.23.16 at 11:17 am ET|
When it comes to covering the NFL, one of the greatest single resources is the statistical database at Pro Football Reference. And with a free hour, we decided to take a look at where Tom Brady currently stands — at least statistically — when it comes to measuring his individual numbers against some of the best in the game, and where he might end up before it’s all said and done.
Career passing yards — 58,028, fifth overall
Brady (58,028) and Drew Brees (60,903 yards, fourth overall) should both pass Dan Marino (61,361, third overall) sometime this season. If he stays healthy, it seems likely Brady is ticketed for fourth all-time behind Peyton Manning (71,940), Brett Favre (71,838) and Brees, but could surpass the Saints’ signal-caller.
Career passing touchdowns — 428, tied for third overall with Brees
Brees and Brady both passed Marino last season, and while it all depends on how long they can play, both have a shot at passing Favre (508, second overall) within the next two or three years. Manning retired at the top of the heap with 539. Not unreachable, but it would take at one more extraordinary season for either Brees or Brady to jump start that conversation.
Career passes completed — 4,953, fifth overall
Again, Brady, Marino (4,967, fourth overall) and Brees (5,365, third overall) are all in the same neighborhood. Brady should pass Marino to move into the fourth spot this season. Favre (6,300, first overall) and Manning (6,125, second overall) are way ahead of the rest of the pack.
Career passing attempts — 7,792, fifth overall
Brady will probably remain fifth overall for the next year-plus, as Brees (8,085, fourth) should continue to move in lockstep ahead of him, provided both remain healthy. Favre (10,169), Manning (9,380) and Marino (8,358) are the top three.
Career interceptions — 150, 55th overall
Brady is in the same neighborhood as a few of his contemporaries, including Carson Palmer (166, 45th overall), Ben Roethlisberger (147, 59th overall) and Philip Rivers (135, 72nd overall). By way of comparison, Brady has fewer pass attempts, but also has fewer career picks than Brees (205, 24th overall), Manning (251, ninth overall) and Favre (336, first overall).
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