Peyton Manning to Miss Time With Foot Injury
The long, illustrious career of Peyton Manning could be coming to a crashing halt. It may be too early to tell, but thanks to a week 10 benching and a foot injury that has reportedly worsened, Manning is no long the Denver Broncos starting quarterback.
For week 11, at least. Manning has reportedly been dealing with a case of plantar fasciitis that may have turned into a complete tear. A muscle at the bottom of the foot that connects the heel and the toes, the plantar fasciitis could be negatively impacting Manning’s comfort, drive and accuracy as an NFL quarterback.
That certainly would at least partially explain his horrid play in 2015 – especially an atrocious 5-for-20 and four interception week 10 performance. Manning is 39 years old and could take longer to recover from such a serious issue, but for now Denver is only ruling him out for their upcoming game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Head coach Gary Kubiak already stated that Manning will remain the team’s starting quarterback “when healthy”, and that he regretted not sitting Manning before week 10 due to his health.
Manning hasn’t been good or liked right for most of 2015, and had also been dealing with a rib issue, among other ailments. Old age has quickly caught up with the seemingly ageless vet, but it’s worth wondering if his foot issue is serious enough to end his season and derail what many thought could be a Super Bowl run.
Backup quarterback Brock Osweiler relieved Manning in the third quarter on Sunday and generated the team’s only 13 points on the game, but a second straight loss still hurts Denver’s overall outlook. They are still likely locks to secure the AFC West after a 6-0 start, but their seeding could sink if Manning can’t get back to full strength and play at a high level again.
Osweiler will get the nod on the road in week 11 and it’s anyone’s guess what he’ll do for the Broncos. He’s healthy and showed some promise in past preseason games, however, so it is quite possible he leads the Broncos to their first win in the past three weeks.
The big question may actually come if Osweiler plays better than expected and Denver wins. Do the Broncos abandon Manning and just stick with the more effective option? Osweiler very well could be the future under center in Denver, so solid play could help him lock the job up permanently.
It’s too early to know Manning’s status or what Osweiler means for the team. All we do know is Denver’s Super Bowl odds take a temporary hit and they might not be such a lock to beat the Bears in week 11.
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