Peyton Manning looks sharp in first practice with Broncos

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — His passes were hitting the receivers in stride and right between the numbers, not skipping off the ground
or whizzing behind their heads like so many of Tim Tebow’s.

The Denver Broncos got their first real taste of Peyton Manning on Monday with a spirited, fast-paced workout, the four-time MVP’s first full practice in more than 16 months.

“It felt good to be out there. It’s been a while for me,” Manning said. “It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve been in uniform, been in an organized practice. So, it felt good to be out there. And it will be a good film to study.”

Monday also was the first chance for the media to get a look at the progress Manning has made since a series of neck operations sidelined him all of last season and led to his release from the Indianapolis Colts.

Manning looked great, showing zip and accuracy on his passes, comfort under center, complete command of his offense and no ill effects from the nerve injury that caused weakness in his throwing arm.

• A Denver judge has declared a mistrial for Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams in a misdemeanor DUI case.

Judge Andre L. Rudolph scheduled another trial for Aug. 15.

REDSKINS: Within a minute or so, receiver Santana Moss made reference to Eagles QB Michael Vick’s skill while discussing Robert Griffin III’s rollout ability, praising his new teammate’s arm strength and humility.

Then he summed things up by saying: “If we really do what we have to do and let him be who he is, and really get behind him, (there’s) no limits to what we can do.”

• Coach Mike Shanahan was knocked to the turf when defensive back Brandyn Thompson slammed into him on a play during the team’s first full-squad workout in its new indoor practice field.

The Redskins didn’t immediately say whether Shanahan was injured.

TITANS: Agreed to terms with linebacker Zach Brown, their second-round draft pick out of North Carolina.

TEXANS: Receiver Andre Johnson says he’ll be sidelined for three to four weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Johnson says the knee injury won’t delay his preparations for training camp in August.

JETS: Defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis pleaded guilty to assault and battery stemming from a 2010 fight while attending college in Virginia.

PATRIOTS: Announced that Wes Welker has officially signed a franchise tender contract. The receiver announced on his Twitter account more than a week ago that he signed the $9.5 million deal.


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