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Pass interference

Peyton Manning is king of the audible. But his neck injury has taught him that not everything is his call.

Updated: October 7, 2011, 8:22 AM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Oct. 17 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Peyton Manning spends his days power walking in silence. On this sunny September afternoon, he briskly churns along the length of the Colts' practice-field end zone. He wears a gray hoodie cinched to his neck -- the subject of three operations in the past 19 months -- along with blue shorts and white cleats. He stops to erect a fallen pylon, then checks his watch. He's off, head down, hugging the sideline in a ...

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