Manning Boogies At Camp
Englewood, Colo. — Peyton Manning isn’t all business all the time. The star quarterback showed his lighter side Monday when he did a dorky dance during the team stretch when Rocky Top was blared through the loudspeakers at the Denver Broncos’ training camp.
While Manning was dancing to the unofficial anthem of his Tennessee Volunteers, fellow alum Britton Colquitt joined in and Wes Welker even added a hoedown.
“I love it,” said defensive end Malik Jackson, another former Vol. “They need to play it every day. Rocky Top is awesome. Go Vols.”
Every day the Broncos begin their stretch with music blaring from the loudspeakers.
“It was his day to pick the music, so it wasn’t a surprise to me what it was going to be,” linebacker Von Miller said. “It was Peyton’s day, so it was all good.”
Allen Park, Mich. — The Detroit Lions are postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.
Suh is entering the final season of his contract, and team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew said before practice Monday that negotiations are being tabled. Lewand and Mayhew both expressed optimism that a deal can eventually be reached.
If the two sides can’t come to an agreement after the season, the Lions could still keep Suh by using their franchise tag on him.
Suh was drafted in 2010 by the Lions with the second overall pick, and he has 27½ sacks in his four pro seasons.
Spartanburg, s.c. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera said an MRI revealed rookie wide receiver and first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin has a bone bruise in his left knee and will miss at least a few days of training camp.
“We got a bit of good news,” Rivera said Monday. “It’s stable and everything is fine. There’s nothing structurally wrong. It is bruised. There is a swelling and what we refer to as a hot spot.”
Rivera wouldn’t give a specific timetable on Benjamin’s return.
He said it should take a “few days” for the swelling to subside, but the Panthers will play it by ear and lean largely on how Benjamin feels before putting him back on the field.
Jacksonville, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars guard Zane Beadles, who signed a five-year, $30 million free-agent contract in March, is giving back to his alma mater.
Beadles pledged $750,000 to Utah’s football program Monday, the largest gift given to the school by a former player.
Of his commitment, $500,000 will go to the sports medicine center and $250,000 to a scholarship endowment in his name.
Beadles says “It’s something I knew I wanted to do since I got into the league if I ever got to the position where I was able to do something like that. I’m in that position now.”
A second-round draft pick by Denver in 2010, Beadles got $13 million guaranteed to leave the AFC champion Broncos for Jacksonville.