Peyton Manning’s meticulous manipulation of opposing defenses doesn’t end at the sideline. Manning is always thinking multiple steps ahead, and the thinking in the wake of Sunday’s post-game disclosure of a looming MRI is that Manning is fine.
Basically, if Manning wasn’t fine he wouldn’t have said he’ll be getting an MRI.
Mentioning the MRI may have been directed at the officials who failed to flag Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget for hitting Manning low. It was clear that Manning wasn’t happy about that, for good reason.
Moving forward, it’s unclear whether the MRI will examine Manning’s right ankle or rights knee, but it will be a major surprise if the MRI finds any real damage. If Manning thought it would, he never would have uttered those three letters.
Then again, maybe I’m just engaged in wishful thinking, given that Manning is due to play in the next two NBC Sunday night games, against the Chiefs then the Patriots.