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Peyton Manning Era begins in Denver with packed camp

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws during the opening session of Denver Broncos NFL football training camp in Englewood, Colo., Thursday, July 26, 2012.
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(AP) ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Peyton Manning jogged onto the practice field to a loud roar from a record crowd as the Denver Broncos opened training camp at their Dove Valley complex Thursday morning.

It was the first chance for the public to see the four-time MVP in a Broncos uniform. He was released by the Indianapolis Colts after 14 seasons in March. He missed all of last season with a nerve problem in his neck.

With Manning replacing Tim Tebow, expectations are high for the Broncos, who haven't posted a winning record since 2006.

Right guard Chris Kuper and running back Knowshon Moreno, coming off broken legs, both participated in the workout that drew more than 3,300 fans, the most at a practice since the team moved training camp here in 2003.

The Broncos are counting heavily on Manning to play like the 10-time Pro Bowl QB he was during his 13 seasons with the Colts after giving him a $96 million contract.

Manning not only was one of the greatest QBs of all time before his injury, he also was the second-most durable. Manning started 227 consecutive games, including the postseason, from 1998-2010. Health aside, Manning's biggest adjustment will be getting his timing down with his new receivers and building a rapport with the rest of the offense.