Probe of Manning HGH claim won't be completed by Super Bowl

Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:43pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - The National Football League (NFL) said on Tuesday their review of allegations that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had HGH sent to his house will not be completed before he competes in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy called the review "ongoing and comprehensive" and said it involves obtaining and reviewing numerous records, conducting multiple interviews and working with other entities.

"We do not comment on the specifics of these matters until the review is completed," McCarthy said in an email.

The allegations surfaced last month in an Al-Jazeera report that said Manning's wife received deliveries of HGH, which is banned by the NFL, at their home while he was recovering from neck surgery during his tenure with the Indianapolis Colts.

Manning, a five-time Most Valuable Player who is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game, has denied the allegations, which have since been recanted by the key source of the report.

Manning, who will turn 40 in March, has been plagued by injury and questionable form recently and there is growing speculation that the Feb. 7 Super Bowl versus the Carolina Panthers could be the final game of his illustrious career.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Larry Fine)

 
Jan 24, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) waves to the crowd after the AFC Championship football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports