Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning hasn’t practiced since suffering a setback in his injured foot last Friday. Apparently, much of his status is hinging on what will happen in two days.
In a Thursday session with reporters, coach Gary Kubiak said Manning will have a “big workout” on Saturday, and that Kubiak will be part of it.
Manning hasn’t played since a November 15 loss to the Chiefs, due to a partially-torn plantar fascia tendon in his foot. The Broncos won three straight without him, including a victory over the previously-unbeaten Patriots. Consecutive losses to the Raiders and Steelers have left the Broncos reeling, however, and quarterback Brock Osweiler has both a shoulder injury from Sunday and an eye infection that developed Tuesday.
“It’s good enough to find an open receiver,” Osweiler said Wednesday.
Of course, it may not be good enough to help the receivers actually catch the ball, something they’ve failed to do on a consistent basis in recent games. The Broncos also have failed to score points in the second half of the last three contests.
Whether Manning will ever again be part of the effort to generate offense in the third or fourth (or any) quarter of a game could hinge on what he does Saturday, only eight days away from the regular-season finale and, depending on how the Broncos fare down the stretch, possibly only 14 days away from the first playoff game.