NFL says former Broncos QB Peyton Manning never took PEDs

Al Jazeera claimed Manning took HGH in 2011 when he was recovering from neck surgery.

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Peyton Manning never took PEDs, including HGH, in his career, the NFL concluded Monday. (Jeffrey Beall/Flickr)

Peyton Manning never took PEDs, including HGH, in his career, the NFL concluded Monday. (Jeffrey Beall/Flickr)

Remember when Al Jazeera accused former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning of using human growth hormone (more commonly referred to as HGH)?

Right before the Super Bowl in February, the cable news outlet aired the sports doping documentary “The Dark Side” that implicated Manning and several other high-profile athletes in a performance-enhancing drugs scandal.

On Monday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that NFL has determined that Manning did not use PEDs of any kind, including HGH, following a seven-month investigation.

Manning and his wife, Ashley, both cooperated fully with the investigation, Schefter reported.

Ashley came under the spotlight in this investigation because Al Jazeera claimed that HGH was delivered to her at the Manning’s home in 2011 when her husband was still in the process of recovering from neck surgery.

Manning was adamant that he did not take HGH or PEDs of any kind once the documentary went public. HGH is banned by the NFL, but the league didn’t even start testing for it until 2014.

Manning retired in March, about a month after being under center for the Broncos in Super Bowl 50. He goes out as the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (539) and passing yards (71,940).