Posted July 28, 2012 on
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Jack Del Rio
Duke Blue Devils
Peyton Manning's first full practice in pads in 18 months drew rave reviews from his coaches and teammates -- and at least one suggestion that his health is no longer even an issue.
Manning put on an aerial show with Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker and others Saturday morning in the latest milestone to his comeback from a nerve injury that cost him all of last season and led to his release from the Indianapolis Colts.
Although Manning threw in full pads during his tryouts at Duke University for the Broncos and other suitors during his first foray into free agency in March and again at times while working out in Denver, this was his first real action in full pads since the Pro Bowl following the 2010 season.
Manning didn't address the media afterward, but coach John Fox said he thought Manning's performance was excellent.
''The guy comes to work every day whether it's in that building or on that field, he attacks it like no other,'' Fox said.
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