DURHAM Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Rockies outfielder Todd Helton have been working out at Duke this week, an athletics department spokesman said Thursday.
The spokesman said both are there primarily to visit David Cutcliffe, who was Tennessee's offensive coordinator when both were college quarterbacks.
The cover was blown earlier Thursday when Matt Skura, a Duke football player, wrote on Twitter that he was "stretching" next to Manning. The post was later taken down.
Manning has spent the past five months recovering from his third neck surgery in less than two years.
N.Y. Giants: The Giants have started preparing to defend their Super Bowl title. General manager Jerry Reese said he expects a strong core of players to return next year, but cautioned "there will definitely be some changes." That's no surprise considering 20 players are set to become unrestricted free agents in March.
Oakland: The Raiders released cornerback Stanford Routt less than one year after signing him to a blockbuster contract. Routt signed a three-year, $31.5 million contract last February before becoming a free agent.
Pittsburgh: Stressing his ties to the organization and his reverence for its tradition, Todd Haley was officially introduced as the Steelers' offensive coordinator. Haley, former Kansas City Chiefs coach and son of former Steelers director of player personnel Dick Haley, called the Steelers "the greatest organization in the NFL." He also reminisced about growing up as a team ball boy.