For Peyton Manning, “did not participate” doesn’t tell the whole story.
Earlier this season, Manning and tight end Julius Thomas found themselves in the training room instead of practice on a Wednesday.
Not wanting to miss out on mental reps, Manning took matters into his own hands.
With his injured ankle in the cold tub, the quarterback kept his helmet on to listen to the play calls from Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase, who was on the practice field. Simultaneously, he watched game tape on his iPad.
"He heard the calls, he’d repeat them to Julius and they were kind of – it was a way for them to take two hours and stay in the game plan," explained Gase, who laughed that he couldn’t believe the photo made it onto CBS’ broadcast last week.
It might be the definition of multitasking.
"I’ve never seen that one before until the other day," tight end Jacob Tamme laughed. “That’s next-level type stuff.”
Rehabbing his ankle while mentally participating in practice, keeping his injured tight end involved and watching game tape was a new standard, even for Peyton Manning.
“Yeah, he sets pretty high standards all the time,” Tamme said, joking that the technology was in danger if Manning was going through his usual pre-snap hand signals after hearing the calls.