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4 Ways the Broncos Can Shield Peyton Manning from Contact in 2012
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With Broncos minicamp concluding recently and the team on a five-week break until the start of training camp in late July, the question that immediately pops into people's heads is, "How healthy is Peyton Manning?"

The word out of camp was that Manning "looked good."

According to offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, the Broncos aren't holding back with Manning.

"We're going fullspeed ahead. We're being aggressive with everything we're doing," McCoy said. "He's fine. We have no concerns right now. We're not worrying about it. We're moving forward."

Having said that, regardless of what McCoy or teammates such as Brandon Stokley have to say about Manning's neck, until Manning suits up and performs during an actual game the way he did in Indianapolis, there will continue to be skepticism.

To ensure that Manning plays a full 16-game season without any severe repercussions of his neck injury, the Broncos should utilize some tactics to minimize some of the wear-and-tear the 36-year-old quarterback is bound to endure during the course of the 2012 season.

Here are four ways the Broncos can shield Peyton Manning from contact in 2012.

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