Manning sharp in first game in 19 months

The SportsXchange

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning played just one series in his first NFL game action in more than 19 months, but he certainly impressed his coach.

"He was remarkable," John Fox said.

Manning's numbers were pedestrian in the Broncos' preseason game against Bears in Chicago on Thursday.

He was 4-for-7 for 44 yards and an interception. But the interception was tipped.

"He came back - he's worked very hard," Fox said. "He hasn't played football in [almost] two years. I thought it was a good first drive in these conditions - it was sloppy. It was sloppy by the receivers as far as the conditions but I thought it was a very good first outing."

It was Manning's first game for the Broncos and his first game action since his Indianapolis Colts lost a playoff game to the New York Jets on Jan. 2, 2011.

Manning, 36, missed all of last season with a neck injury, and was signed as a free agent by the Broncos in the offseason.
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