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Peyton expected to be active Sunday, back up Osweiler

Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler AP

For the first time since he was a freshman at Tennessee, Peyton Manning will be a backup quarterback on Sunday.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said today that the plan is for Manning to dress for Sunday’s game against the Chargers and serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Brock Osweiler. That’s a departure from what Kubiak first said when Manning was taken out of the lineup with a foot injury. At that time, Kubiak said that Manning would start when he was healthy enough to play.

Now Kubiak is saying Manning should be healthy enough to be active on Sunday, barring any setback this week. And yet Osweiler remains the starter.

“Brock’s our quarterback — nothing has changed from that standpoint. [Manning] being available is a change,” Kubiak said. “[Manning] being healthy is a great thing for this football team, him being available.”

It’s easy to see why Kubiak is keeping Osweiler at No. 1 on the depth chart: Manning looked old and washed up when he played earlier this season, and is still leading the league with 17 interceptions even though he hasn’t played the last six games. Osweiler hasn’t been great, but he’s been competent enough to run the offense while cutting down on turnovers.

Heading into the playoffs, Osweiler will presumably remain the starter, and Manning will watch from the sidelines.

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  1. haterade999 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:14 PM

    Nationwide theme: “I can’t wait til Manning’s gone

  2. oddte says: Dec 30, 2015 6:18 PM

    ♫ Elway won’t make eye contact ♫

  3. stipez says: Dec 30, 2015 6:18 PM

    Ow, my pride.

  4. scw1993 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:19 PM

    Like I believe his wife took hgh, and/or steroids, or ped’s sent by some random clinic, not received via her ob/gyn, or primary care physician. She doesn’t have the best medical or ob/gyn care that money can buy?? Not buying it.

    Manning is a *cheater.

  5. tommykramer9 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:20 PM

    He must have taken enough hgh to get him back in the game.

  6. wte1 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:24 PM

    When Peyton gets into the game he plans a new twist for his Omaha audible.

    Instead of yelling Omaha he will yell OmaHGH!

  7. raiderhater719 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:26 PM

    You people are Pathetic. Someone trys to lie and bring Manning down and you people just run with it. Everybody gets old. Manning is no exception but he still is one of the best there ever was. And thats a great player and even better person. Try being one of those for a change instead of a HATER!

  8. ckradio1079 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:26 PM

    I’d suspect so much of the Manning hate is based on the same reasons I hated him as a Colt… My team couldn’t beat him. Then he came to my team. And we still can’t beat the Colts. Weird.

    Either way, thanks Peyton for a few good years… But here’s your headset for the rest of the season. Gotta see what Brock’s got before the offseason.

  9. nfella says: Dec 30, 2015 6:27 PM

    This could get good.

    Broncos playing for everything. If Osweiler struggles the first half does Kubiak get nervous and put in Manning – and effectively remove the kids confidence in himself – or do they ride and die with Osweiler?

  10. xxsweepthelegxx says: Dec 30, 2015 6:30 PM

    I always liked Peyton, but now that we’ve learned he is a cheater and the integrity of the game is in question, I think he should be suspended.

    In fact; we should probably see leading stories on the nightly news for days, former NFL QBs crying, NFL investigations, etc….

    Wait just a minute, none of that happening? Oh I get it, Peyton’s a funny guy and does goofy commercials, he has to be telling the truth, I know I believe him. Of course the illegal growth hormones were for his wife, totally believable story.

    *

  11. chawk12thman says: Dec 30, 2015 6:30 PM

    I hope he gets in during the playoffs and smokes everyone……..until the SB and then I think the NFC Champion will ultimately win. He is clearly one of the great QBs of all time and I hope that he decides to retire if he remains as the backup.

  12. tindeaux says: Dec 30, 2015 6:31 PM

    good to see peyton back. hopefully he’ll get to play

  13. haterade999 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:36 PM

    raiderhater719 says:
    Dec 30, 2015 6:26 PM

    You people are Pathetic. Someone trys to lie and bring Manning down and you people just run with it. Everybody gets old. Manning is no exception but he still is one of the best there ever was. And thats a great player and even better person. Try being one of those for a change instead of a HATER!

    ______________________

    Actually, no one lied. Al Jeezera simply followed up on shipments to Peyton’s wife. Manning is the one who tried to get ahead of the accusations. Make of that what you will.

  14. coltssteve says: Dec 30, 2015 6:38 PM

    The Broncos wont win a playoff game with Brock.

  15. ikeclanton says: Dec 30, 2015 6:38 PM

    His skill level now is that of a backup. Nothing to be ashamed of, it’s just how it is. If healthy, he’s probably one of the best backups in the league.

  16. hahaicansezbelicheat says: Dec 30, 2015 6:39 PM

    There is some pretty strong evidence Manning’s wife was receiving HGH from an anti-aging clinic at the same time Peyton was recovering from neck surgery. It was a type of HGH that cannot be used for fertility. It’s also completely clear that same doctor was providing HGH to athletes, it’s on video. We need more information, but what’s there doesn’t look great for Peyton as it stands.

  17. dodgerlakerfan1969 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:40 PM

    With the way he went out he should be the 3rd string. Maybe Brock can win him his 2nd ring. How pathetic would that be? LOL. When the season is over he can hop back on the juice for another try next year.

  18. tattooit says: Dec 30, 2015 6:42 PM

    He needs to get on the HGH Brady is taking. Play till they are 50.

  19. dodgerlakerfan1969 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:47 PM

    tattooit says:
    Dec 30, 2015 6:42 PM
    He needs to get on the HGH Brady is taking. Play till they are 50.

    He’s on the same stuff but Brady is just that much better.

  20. scutz1972 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:47 PM

    I don’t care whether it did it or he didn’t do it. He’s still one of the greatest of all time. But he still needs to walk away after this year. He’s had a horrific year and no one believes it’s just because he was injured. Brees just threw for 400 yds and 3 TDs on a similar injury on his weight bearing foot.

    It’s time to walk away, especially if you are not playing well anymore and now you have jerk fans calling you names.

  21. cross300 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:47 PM

    They need to honor their promise and put him back in the starting lineup. The other teams are really rooting for this to happen.

  22. bucsorbust says: Dec 30, 2015 6:47 PM

    Broncos, 3rd and 9, San Diego 39. Game tied 24 apiece, 37 seconds remaining, no time outs. This Chargers Defense has been tough on Brock today. Time Out is called. Brock is headed off to consult with the master and the Bronco’s OC. What are they discussing Jon?

    Brock: “Peyton…what would you do here, man? What’s the plan? Game is on the line.”
    Peyton: “Better ingredients, better pizza, Papa Johns.”

  23. nflrulebook says: Dec 30, 2015 6:48 PM

    Will the one and done by the broncos add to Peyton’s record* if he is a backup?

  24. nhpats says: Dec 30, 2015 6:50 PM

    He needs to be back starting for the first playoff game so he can get his 10th one-and-done….

  25. pauldeba says: Dec 30, 2015 6:55 PM

    They need to have him ready in case a someone threatens his interception crowwn., although he’ll probably wind up throwing a TD while trying to get intercepted

  26. pointtwopsiistheissue says: Dec 30, 2015 6:55 PM

    raiderhater719 says:
    Dec 30, 2015 6:26 PM

    You people are Pathetic. Someone trys to lie and bring Manning down and you people just run with it.
    ———————————————————–
    What do you think happened to Tom Brady? ALL LIES !!! The NFL lied about the PSI levels ,the independence of the Wells report, Tom’s testimony , who wanted the appeal sealed & Tom’s expert witness.
    Middle school science proves there was no tampering!!

  27. surfinbird1 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:56 PM

    Maybe they should put Ashley in instead.

  28. accipiterq says: Dec 30, 2015 6:58 PM

    Didn’t 1/3 of Brock’s td passes come against the Pats in that first game? Dude hasn’t looked too good since

  29. bullogne says: Dec 30, 2015 7:00 PM

    Just like deflategate nothing will be investigated until after the season ends. Manning’s only chance to see the playing field before he retires is if Osweiler gets hurt. I’m sure this wasn’t what Manning was expecting when he came back this season.

  30. terripet says: Dec 30, 2015 7:03 PM

    The NFL is always right even when there wrong Don’t you know that by now.

  31. nwhmpshr says: Dec 30, 2015 7:13 PM

    I don’t care if he cheated with HGH but I just want to now see the year long media and NFL innuendo and investigation, loss of picks, etc that they did to Brady and the Pats based on nothing.

  32. RE LEE says: Dec 30, 2015 7:14 PM

    Wife, anti- aging clinic. Women will take most anything to look young. So long as there is no solid proof that Peyton took them, I’ll believe him. It’s so easy nowadays to destroy a person’s good name which he and his family took years to build. Peyton is an outstanding guy. I’ll take his word over that of Al Jazeera.
    Those idiots who keep repeating about Brady taking HGH should give Goodell the proof. But will they?…

  33. nodindenver says: Dec 30, 2015 7:15 PM

    Huge bronco fan and Manning fan since Indy. Really hope there is no set-back with his injury and he does serve as back up to Brock. I see no evidence Brock will make a playoff run without injury with the way our O-line plays at times and The Sheriff, if healthy, is a heck of an option. If Peyton is truly a great team mate, and wants another shot at a title, there is no team next year looking for a QB with a better chance than his present team has. They may not win it this year but, I like this team’s chances at NE much better than last years. Time to Brock On!

  34. lscottman3 says: Dec 30, 2015 7:16 PM

    You people need to stop hating
    Signed
    Raiderhater

    Pretty good

  35. denverdave3 says: Dec 30, 2015 7:18 PM

    does anybody pay attention? The O-line has been awful leaving both Peyton and Brock to be punching bags. It’s hard for young guys to recover from that. But with good protection QB’s can play into their 40’s. I bet Manning plays 3 more years. Then Brady will overtake most of his records.

  36. ricko1112 says: Dec 30, 2015 7:19 PM

    Last season Brady was accused of tampering with footballs. The media, especially BSPN, began spreading lies and fools were quick to believe them. Even as the lies were exposed and Brady was proven innocent, these clowns shut their eyes and their brains, due to jealousy.

    They harped back to the fact that NE had previously filmed (perfectly legal) 30 minutes of a single game, a few feet from a designated spot. Keeping in mind, that 32 teams had been doing the same thing for years. NE followed the letter of the law, in that the film wouldn’t be used during that game.

    Now, there is direct, factual evidence, that Manning had HGH sent to his house, and these same nuts rush to his defense. Do they realize that Manning has played for the 2 dirtiest teams in NFL history? Denver and Indy?

    These 2 teams have been nailed year after year, yet clowns want to focus on the most minor of minor (Spygate) and the made-up? (Deflategate)

    If you can’t beat them on the field, make stuff up!

  37. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Dec 30, 2015 7:22 PM

    Cheater.

    Might as well have set no records cause I don’t respect tainted accomplishments.

    *

  38. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Dec 30, 2015 7:25 PM

    Manning asks for trade …. hello Cleveland

  39. screamingsheep69 says: Dec 30, 2015 7:39 PM

    ¶ Never gonna start again ¶

  40. stellabrock says: Dec 30, 2015 7:42 PM

    LOL at all the people that hate Peyton. And so much for innocent until proven guilty.

    You people are calling him a cheater when there is ZERO evidence that he used HGH. But because some person said in a video that HGH was sent to his WIFE, that means he used it. So please show me the proof of him injecting himself.

    Also HGH wasn’t banned in the NFL till 2011, so even if he did use and used it before the CBA agreement in july of 2011, then it would have been perfectly legal in the eyes of the NFL..

  41. plum54 says: Dec 30, 2015 7:43 PM

    A poster says all the comments are based on hate since Manning beat teams we posters root for. No, that is not the case . Manning has been a terrific regular season Q B. My team has Tom Terrific!
    Human growth hormone was sent to his wife at his home. Remember what happened to Debbie Clemmons , Rogers wife? Banned substances sent to her that hubby used !? This is similar, except Manning had neck surgery, next year breaks all records. Then the NFL starts to test for HGH, Manning’s production drops off. Coincidence maybe, more likely NOT.

  42. stellabrock says: Dec 30, 2015 7:43 PM

    scw1993 says:
    Dec 30, 2015 6:19 PM
    Like I believe his wife took hgh, and/or steroids, or ped’s sent by some random clinic, not received via her ob/gyn, or primary care physician. She doesn’t have the best medical or ob/gyn care that money can buy?? Not buying it.

    Manning is a *cheater.

    It wasnt a random clinic. He went there for help with his neck and the colts knew about it.

  43. pastabelly says: Dec 30, 2015 7:53 PM

    At this point in Manning’s career, he’s a backup. If he wants to stay in the league, he needs to get to that reality and also the reality that he’ll be getting paid about 10% of what he’s getting now. It’s over.

  44. dcpatfan says: Dec 30, 2015 7:56 PM

    Cstellabrock says:
    Dec 30, 2015 7:42 PM
    LOL at all the people that hate Peyton. And so much for innocent until proven guilty.

    You people are calling him a cheater when there is ZERO evidence that he used HGH. But because some person said in a video that HGH was sent to his WIFE, that means he used it. So please show me the proof of him injecting himself.

    Also HGH wasn’t banned in the NFL till 2011, so even if he did use and used it before the CBA agreement in july of 2011, then it would have been perfectly legal in the eyes of the NFL..
    ————————————————–
    Oh really? Why was Rodney Harrison suspended in 2007 for?
    Your uninformed

  45. tedmurph says: Dec 30, 2015 7:57 PM

    Manning is not a cheater, but the choker moniker he does deserve.

  46. plum54 says: Dec 30, 2015 7:58 PM

    Stellabrock you are incorrect regarding when HGH was banned. Rodney Harrison was suspended 4 games for using it in 2007! He missed the first 4 games of the 2007 season.Google it! If manning used it , it was definitely illegal in 2011.

  47. tattooit says: Dec 30, 2015 8:19 PM

    They’re all on HGH. Isn’t it still pretty much undetectable on the NFL tests?

    I mean COME ON.

    Everyone with coin is using it. Actors, musicians, it’s everywhere. IT SLOWS DOWN AGING.

    Hell im vain enough that I’d use it if it weren’t so damn expensive.

  48. bucsorbust says: Dec 30, 2015 8:41 PM

    Behind every good man, there’s a woman. With a hell of a genetic doctor.

  49. bucsorbust says: Dec 30, 2015 8:42 PM

    Here honey. Take your vitamin. Good luck at the docs’s today!

  50. fritz96 says: Dec 30, 2015 9:10 PM

    Rules are rules and if Peyton Manning used HGH he should be punished. However, considering he wasn’t even an active NFL player at the time, it’s a completely different scenario from “other players” and “other teams” trying to gain a competitive edge.

  51. jimsnchz says: Dec 30, 2015 9:24 PM

    “HGH you work so good”…hmm-hmm-hmm-hm-hmm-hmm-hmm

  52. zigthepatsfan says: Dec 30, 2015 9:41 PM

    plum54 says:
    Dec 30, 2015 7:58 PM
    Stellabrock you are incorrect regarding when HGH was banned. Rodney Harrison was suspended 4 games for using it in 2007! He missed the first 4 games of the 2007 season.Google it! If manning used it , it was definitely illegal in 2011.

    yeah the dummy had it mailed to his house in his name. Should have used his wifes name obviously.

  53. dogfool says: Dec 31, 2015 1:04 AM

    He can help him to be one and done in the playoffs! A Manning staple!!!!

  54. geniusesq says: Dec 31, 2015 4:10 AM

    Sounds like a great idea until Osweiler loses in the Playoffs, and the Denver fanbase can sit around pissed at each other arguing over whether Peyton should have started. Which he should.

  55. nflequalswwe says: Dec 31, 2015 8:32 AM

    Chicken parm with H-G-H

    (Obviously nationwide theme…)

  56. hgamatt says: Dec 31, 2015 9:12 AM

    The fact that 17 interceptions is leading the league seems kind of impressive. It is probably due to injuries and quarterbacks having short leashes, but it still seems like a low number to be leading the league.

  57. superpatriotsfan says: Dec 31, 2015 9:18 AM

    Look at the Pats fans here to gloat about Manning cheating. They are ready with their pitchforks and yet defended Brady and the Patriots to the end.

    Which one is the kettle and which one is the pot?

    #AllTeamsCheatEspeciallyThePats

  58. sxk129 says: Dec 31, 2015 9:59 AM

    stellabrock says:
    Dec 30, 2015 7:42 PM

    Also HGH wasn’t banned in the NFL till 2011, so even if he did use and used it before the CBA agreement in july of 2011, then it would have been perfectly legal in the eyes of the NFL..

    ——————————————————————————————
    HGH has been illegal in the NFL since 1991. 2011 was when NFL & NFLPA agreed to testing for HGH.
    Rodney Harrison was suspended for 4 games in 2007 for receiving HGH shipments at his home.

  59. vikingforlife says: Dec 31, 2015 10:42 AM

    First and foremost to the person who said Brady was proven innocent: NO HE WAS NOT. READ THE TRANSCRIPT! Secondly, to all of you hating on Peyton, what has he done over all these years but put in hard work and a stellar reputation? Who are you going to believe? I will tell you right now, yes, as a woman approaching 50, if I had the $$ I’d have that little brown box sent to my house if it could turn back the hands of time! So, until there is proof positive, leave him and his wife, alone! (do me a favor, ask your wife or significant other what she would do?)

  60. nflexecutivesconstantlylie says: Dec 31, 2015 11:10 AM

    Read the transcript….

    …Does the NFL have any evidence that Tom Brady was part of a conspiracy to deflate footballs for the AFCCG?

    No we do not…….

  61. smasonsmith says: Dec 31, 2015 11:26 AM

    First and foremost to the person who said Brady was proven innocent: NO HE WAS NOT. READ THE TRANSCRIPT!
    ===
    I have.
    He was.

  62. vikingforlife says: Dec 31, 2015 11:32 AM

    It never says he was INNOCENT! Remember he destroyed the evidence!

  63. xxsweepthelegxx says: Dec 31, 2015 6:29 PM

    Not defending either Peyton or Brady but if you’re going to believe Manning when there is at a minimal, direct evidence of shipments to his home, because he is a stand up guy who has put in hard work with a stellar reputation, why doesn’t Brady deserve the same? He too had a stellar reputation and hard work no? And there is a court transcript, quoting the NFL, saying there is no evidence.

    I’m fine with both Manning and Brady and consider neither a cheater in any way. Two of the best QBs of our time that I’ve been privileged to watch
    ——-
    vikingforlife says:
    Dec 31, 2015 11:32 AM
    It never says he was INNOCENT! Remember he destroyed the evidence!

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