Carolina Panthers

Manning back at practice

More than a month after having knee surgery and enduring weeks of rampant speculation about whether the injury was worse than first feared, two-time league most valuable player Peyton Manning finally provided his doubters with one emphatic answer Tuesday: He's back, right on schedule.

“This is a significant step for me to get back out on the practice field,” he said before throwing and running. “If things go well, as we expect they will, then I hope to be full go next week and ready for the season opener.”

Elsewhere

CHICAGO: The Bears released cornerback Ricky Manning Jr., a former Carolina Panther. In two seasons with the Bears, he appeared in 31 games with 11 starts. He signed as a restricted free agent in 2006 after entering the league in '03 as a third-round pick by the Panthers.

CINCINNATI: Quarterback Carson Palmer will skip the last exhibition. He broke his nose and cut his lip on a sack Saturday night during a 13-0 loss to New Orleans. He expects to be ready for the opener at Baltimore.

HOUSTON: Cornerback Dunta Robinson (South Carolina) was put on the physically-unable-to-perform list. He has been recovering from a right knee injury suffered Nov.4. Being on the PUP list means he must miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season.

N.Y. GIANTS: Seven-time New York Giants Pro Bowler Michael Strahan is staying retired. The Giants asked Strahan, 36, to reconsider his retirement on Monday, 48 hours after Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora was lost for the season because of a knee injury.



Strahan won the latest round in his lengthy divorce case when a state appeals court reversed a lower court's awarding of about $18,000 per month in child support to his twin 3-year-old daughters. The three-judge panel found a lower court didn't adequately review claims by Strahan's ex-wife about the girls' needs.

TAMPA BAY: Running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, trying to return from a serious knee injury , was put on the PUP list.

WASHINGTON: Free safety LaRon Landry (hamstring) said he plans to start the season opener Sept.4 against the Giants.

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