The NFL plans to investigate Peyton Manning, Julius Peppers, and other players accused of taking PEDs in a recent Al Jazeera report, a source tells Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (video link). It’s the standard operating procedure for the league to follow up on any such lead and/or tip in a matter such as this, per Cole, but the NFL has no official comment on the situation at this time.
A past history of failed drug tests will play a role in the investigation, reports Cole. While that won’t affect Manning (who hasn’t failed a test in his 18-year career), Peppers and fellow Packer Mike Neal have each served four-game bans in the past, so they could see additional scrutiny as the league looks closer into the report. Peppers was suspended way back in 2002 for taking a banned dietary supplement, while Neal was banned in 2012 for using Adderall.
Meanwhile, the Colts have issued a statement on the matter (specifically relating to the charges against Manning), calling the report “utterly ridiculous” while lauding Manning’s lengthy history of excellent work ethic and integrity (link via Pro Football Talk).