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Monday, March 19, 2012
Focus is on now on Manning's recovery

By Bill Williamson

Now that Peyton Manning is headed to Denver, barring an unexpected contract snag, the focus will be on his health.

The Broncos are clearly confident that Manning will be recovered from a neck injury that cost him the entire 2011 season. The Broncos watched Manning throw on Friday, and Denver leader John Elway tweeted that Manning looked good.

There have been numerous reports and testimonials that Manning -- who turns 36 on Saturday -- is making great strides after having a reported four surgeries since May.

Still, his health will be a focal point of the offseason in Denver. The Broncos' mandatory minicamp (there will be a few other offseason sessions) is tentatively set for the second weekend in June. It will be a circus.

This will also be one of the more closely watched preseasons in the history of the NFL.

Because of rust and the fact that he needs to build chemistry with his new teammates, expect Manning to play a little more in the preseason than he normally would.

The Broncos’ preseason schedule likely will be released in the coming weeks, and tickets to those games will be uncommonly popular as the football world watches to see that Manning indeed will be healthy for the 2012 season.