Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio has repeatedly said this week that quarterback Peyton Manning will play on Sunday. There’s something else coming today that will speak far more loudly than anything Del Rio or anyone else can say.
The Friday injury report.
After Manning showing up as not practicing on Wednesday and participating only on a limited basis on Thursday, today’s injury report will show whether and to what extent Manning practices. More importantly, the Broncos will apply a label to Manning: probable, questionable, or doubtful.
If it’s probable, it means he’ll play. If it’s questionable, that means it’s 50-50. Which opens the door to the real possibility that the Brock Osweiler Show will be debuting on a pretty big stage.
So stay tuned. Del Rio’s early-week comments aren’t binding on the Broncos. The contents of the injury report are.
Later today, we’ll know precisely what the injury report has to say.
For more on the Broncos, here’s Vic Lombardi of CBS4 in Denver, from Thursday’s PFT Live.