rest - http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/post...rd-game-actionENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Tuesday marked another milestone in the reconstruction of Peyton Manning.
As he led his new team through the first day of a mandatory minicamp Tuesday on a majestic day in the Rockies, Manning took another positive step toward getting back on the field for the first time since January 2011.
Manning is 58 days away from the preseason opener at Chicago. It will be one of the most anticipated preseason performances in recent NFL memory.
All systems go. The Broncos have no plans of holding back Manning in preseason, despite the four neck procedures that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season. John Fox, starting his 11th season as an NFL head coach, said he plans to use Manning as he always has with his starting quarterbacks in the preseason. Manning will play a series or two in Chicago, will likely play into the second quarter in the second preseason game, and will likely play into the third quarter in the third preseason game. He will likely take the finale off to prepare for Denver’s season opener against Pittsburgh on Sept. 9.