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Articles tagged: Peyton Manning

Report: Peyton Manning plans to play in 2016, even if not for Broncos

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Peyton Manning is not planning to retire at the end of the 2015 season, at least according to one NFL reporter.

Appearing on “Football Night in America” Sunday night, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk said he spoke to someone familiar with Manning’s plans who said the 39-year-old plans to play in 2016, even if he is not a member of the Denver Broncos.

“I’m told he currently intends to play next year, even if it’s not for the Broncos,” Florio said.

Tony Dungy, who is a co-host on the program, said that he has not heard the same information as Florio. Dungy coached Manning for several years when the two were with the Indianapolis Colts.

Manning is currently nursing multiple injuries, the most notable of which is a torn plantar fascia in his foot. Brock Osweiler started for the Broncos on Sunday and threw for 250 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 17-15 win over the Chicago Bears.

Given the way Manning played down the stretch last year and through the first half of this season, there is a growing sense that Osweiler could steal his job if the former Arizona State star plays well. Some NFL teams are reportedly already thinking about offering Manning a job (details here) when he hangs up his cleats, but that may not be until the end of 2016.

Manning is under contract with the Broncos next season for a base salary of $19 million. He restructured his deal for 2015 prior to the season.

Report: Titans, Browns would be interested in making Peyton Manning team president


The Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans would have interest in giving Peyton Manning a front office role should he retire after the season, according to a new report.

The Titans and Browns are said to be among the teams that could look to bring Manning on board in a John Elway-style team president role, CBS Sports’s Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday. Manning’s old team, the Indianapolis Colts, are also mentioned as a potential suitor.

According to La Canfora, both teams will likely make sweeping changes after the season. Both teams would also appeal to Manning’s Tennessee roots. Aside from the Titans’ obvious ties, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is a Knoxville native and a Tennessee alum.

There’s no real way of knowing how interested Manning is in these opportunities, though. He may opt not to retire, and even if he does, he may elect to take a break from football instead of going right into a front office role immediately.

Report: Peyton Manning more focused on healing than helping Brock Osweiler

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Peyton Manning hasn’t been involved at all in helping Brock Osweiler prepare for Sunday’s start, focusing instead on getting healthy.

Manning hasn’t been at any practices or meetings during the week, according to NFL Media’s James Palmer on Thursday. He also hasn’t had any conversations with Brock Osweiler about planning for Sunday.

It should be noted that, according to Palmer, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is behind this plan, preferring that Manning focus fully on getting healthy.

“I’m not a coach for one thing. And as I shared with him, he’s probably going to have a lot of coaches this week, some that aren’t coaches either, that are going to be offering him tips or advice,” Manning said, as quoted by CBS Boston’s Michael Hurley. “So I told him that I am here for him as a resource if he needs me, but I’m not going to be one of those extra voices in his ear.”

In fairness to Manning, it doesn’t look like he’s intentionally avoiding Osweiler here or anything. His coach supports this course of action, and he’s made himself available if Osweiler wants to reach out. Still, Manning may be watching his successor’s audition in Denver. Surely that breeds mixed emotions.

Peyton Manning will not play against Bears

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Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak announced Monday that Brock Osweiler will start in place of Peyton Manning against the Chicago Bears next weekend.

Kubiak said that Manning was “doing everything he could” to be able to play, but he needs to focus his attention on getting healthy.

Manning was benched in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after he threw four interceptions. Kubiak said after the game that he never should have had Manning play. Peyton was said to be battling through a rib injury during the week, and it appears he is now dealing with a more serious foot injury.

It’s obvious Manning is nowhere close to 100 percent. When you add injuries to a body that is clearly in physical decline, this is the result you get. If the Broncos beat the Bears and Osweiler plays well, Kubiak will have some incredibly difficult decisions to make.

Report: Peyton Manning has torn plantar fascia in left foot

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Peyton Manning had the worst game of his career in a loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, and a foot injury may have had something to do with it.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Manning has a torn plantar fascia in his right foot. He was apparently battling plantar fasciitis prior to Sunday’s game and the condition worsened.

In addition to the foot issue, Manning was also said to be dealing with a rib cage injury. He completed just 5-of-20 passes for 35 yards and threw four interceptions before being replaced by Brock Osweiler. On the same day Manning became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yardage, he also posted a passer rating of 0.0.

After the loss to Kansas City, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said he never should have started Manning. You can read more of Kubiak’s comments here.

It sounds like Manning is dealing with various injuries in addition to a severely declining skill set. His teammates have gone out of their way to defend him, but when the Broncos win it seems to be in spite of Manning, not because of him. If Peyton isn’t close to healthy, you have to wonder if Osweiler gives Denver a better chance to win.

UPDATE: A previous version of this post said Manning had a torn plantar fascia in his right foot, but Schefter later updated that the injury is in Peyton’s left foot.

Gary Kubiak: I made a bad decision by playing Peyton Manning

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Gary Kubiak is doing his quarterback a solid by falling on the sword and taking the blame for Peyton Manning’s terrible game on Sunday that led to a benching.

The Denver Broncos head coach said after his team’s 29-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that he made a bad decision by playing Manning, who was 5-of-20 for 35 yards and four interceptions before getting benched.

“I’m disappointed in myself. … I probably should have made the decision not to play (Manning),” Kubiak said via The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala.

Manning apparently had a rib injury, as that was added to his injury report on Saturday.

Manning was listed on the injury report for both a foot and rib injury. He thought he could play despite the issues.

“I thought I felt good enough to play. Maybe that was a false feeling or wrong feeling,” Manning said via Jhabvala.

Manning is the quarterback and leader of the Broncos. The guy likes to make every effort possible to play, so it’s understandable why he gave it a go Sunday. It’s also understandable why Kubiak let his future Hall of Famer try to grit it out rather than play Brock Osweiler, who threw for 146 yards and a touchdown in relief. Maybe Kubiak should have just pulled the trigger on Manning earlier, but we don’t fault him for letting Manning start.

Kubiak also said in his postgame news conference that Manning will remain the team’s starter so long as he’s healthy.

Peyton Manning benched for Brock Osweiler

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Peyton Manning set an NFL record on Sunday for most career passing yards, and then he was benched.

Manning was benched in favor of backup quarterback Brock Osweiler roughly halfway through the third quarter. He completed just 5-of-20 passes for 35 yards and four interceptions. The Broncos were trailing the Chiefs 22-0 at the time Manning was yanked.

Manning has thrown 13 interceptions this season, which is the most in the NFL. He was limited in practice this week with a rib injury, and it’s unclear if that affected his performance on Sunday.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak will almost certainly blame Manning’s injury for the benching, and it would be much easier to believe that was the problem if he hasn’t struggled all season long. While Manning is still capable of having good games because he is such a smart quarterback, he simply doesn’t have the physical tools he used to.

Remember all the memes we saw making fun of Manning last season when it looked like he was unable to throw the ball downfield? It could get even worse for the future Hall of Famer this time around.

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