Why is Peyton Manning wearing his helmet in the training room?

Peyton Manning has redefined multitasking. (DenverBroncos.com)
The photo you see above, of a helmeted Peyton Manning sitting on a stool, and looking at an iPad with one foot in a tub, made the rounds in recent days because it's not often you see people -- football players or otherwise -- wearing helmets poolside.

But there's a perfectly logical explanation.

According to the Broncos' website, earlier this season Manning was in the the training room during a Wednesday practice getting treatment on his right ankle. Not wanting to miss anything, Manning donned his helmet so he could listen to offensive coordinator Adam Gase call the plays on the practice field. Meanwhile, Manning watched game tape on his iPad.

Oh, and tight end Julius Thomas was also in the training room with Manning.

"[Peyton] heard the calls, he'd repeat them to Julius and they were kind of -- it was a way for them to take two hours and stay in the game plan," explained Gase, who laughed about the photo above making it onto CBS' broadcast last week.

"I’ve never seen that one before until the other day," tight end Jacob Tamme said, adding: “Yeah, he sets pretty high standards all the time ... we’re lucky he didn’t drop the iPad there."

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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