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.
And 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.
“Man, it feels good to know he’s going to be on my side because what I saw today, he’s going to give us some good work,” star cornerback Champ Bailey said. “And we might not see a quarterback like that all year.”
JETS DL GETS JAIL TIME
Jets defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis pleaded guilty to assault and battery stemming from a 2010 fight while attending college in Virginia.
In a brief hearing in Hampton, Va., Ellis entered an Alford plea, meaning he doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors could prove the case against him.
Ellis was sentenced to 179 days in jail, with 89 suspended. His attorney, Timothy Clancy, said Ellis likely would serve 45 days when he reports to jail on June 15 and said that he shouldn’t miss any of the season.
Redskins 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. … Texans star receiver Andre Johnson, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, will be out for three to four weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. …The trial of Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams on driving under the influence and traffic charges ended in a mistrial after his lawyer objected to how jurors were selected. The trial was rescheduled for Aug. 15. …The Titans agreed to terms with linebacker Zach Brown, their second-round draft pick out of North Carolina.