Peyton Manning passes on ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football,’ SN sources say

By MICHAEL MCCARTHY, Sporting News

The mating dance has ended. Peyton Manning will not join ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” booth this season, sources tell Sporting News.

ESPN held out hope that Manning would fill the hole left by Jason Witten’s return to the Cowboys. But barring a miracle, sources said, Manning will not be in the booth when “Monday Night Football” kicks off its historic 50th season, with a Texans-Saints/Broncos-Raiders doubleheader on Sept. 9.

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