Peyton Manning won’t be back “anytime soon”

AP

After Sunday night’s unlikely win over the previously 10-0 Patriots, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak didn’t say that Peyton Manning will return to the lineup only when he’s “100 percent,” or words to that effect. Kubiak probably didn’t need to.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Manning won’t be playing “anytime soon.”

Last week, the Broncos announced that Manning would miss at least two games due to the foot injury that has caused him to miss the last two. He’s still in a walking cast, and he is expected to wear it until at least Friday of this week.

Even after shedding the cast, Manning will still need to further rehab a partially-torn plantar fascia tendon. It’s a painful condition, and there’s no indication that rest and rehab will get Manning to the point where he can perform without limitation.

Meanwhile, Brock Osweiler is performing at a high level, making it easier to perform without Manning and harder to justify not rolling with Osweiler’s hot hand. While Manning remains determined to play again in 2015, he’s smart enough and sufficiently self-aware to understand what’s currently happening. And he apparently has no problem with it — even if at this point he’s trying to get healthy enough to play only in the event that Osweiler eventually isn’t.

100 responses to “Peyton Manning won’t be back “anytime soon”

  1. He wont play even if the Broncos make the Super Bowl.

    He was washed up half way through last year. They only kept him around out of respect and because he was so close to many historic records.

    Once they saw Peyton hit rock bottom and that Brock has some game to him the decision was made.

    His injuries may be real, but if he was playing well, I doubt he would be on the sideline.

  2. Best news I have heard all day. Let him pull a ruse on some other team so he can get his one win to complete all time wins record and retire. Happy to see him go!

  3. Manning’s foot injury is 100% fake. They needed to find a discrete way to put him on the bench & that’s exactly what they did. Smart move by Denver for not demoting him & good for Manning to be handling it w/o talking into a mic.

  4. 1 TD 1 INT last night counts as playing at a high level now?

    Everyone is obsessed over that last drive, but before that he was missing wide open receivers, left, right, high, and low all night.

    Jury’s still out on him

  5. He will probably be a back up for the rest of the season even when he is healthy. After the end of the playoffs, some tough decisions will have to be made in Denver.

  6. @goseplejohn says:
    Nov 30, 2015 3:24 PM
    Best news I have heard all day. Let him pull a ruse on some other team so he can get his one win to complete all time wins record and retire. Happy to see him go!
    ==================================
    So you were the last guy picked in all the pickup games eh?
    Happy to see you go……….

  7. 1 TD 1 INT last night counts as playing at a high level now?

    Everyone is obsessed over that last drive, but before that he was missing wide open receivers, left, right, high, and low all night.

    Jury’s still out on him
    —————————————————–

    It was a little windy and snowy. Plus, some of those incompletions were on his receivers cutting the route short (Thomas). Having said that, it is early to crown him the successor to Manning.

    But he played well in a tough game against the GOAT QB (man it’s hard to admit that Brady is the GOAT).

  8. I use to be a Peyton hater. The way he publicly handled deflate gate with such class and such respect for Brady turned me. Even I like the guy now. I hope he can return in 2016.

  9. Unlikely win? Let’s see, at home with half the Patriots team out against the #1 defense. Yeah, that’s unlikely.

  10. Peyton needs to retire while he still can do so without complete embarrassment. He is old, sick, unhealthy, and injured. we need new blood. Lets stick with Osweiler. The objective here is to win a Super Bowl and we cannot do that with choking Peyton. Osweiler can win for us.

  11. Meanwhile, Brock Osweiler is performing at a high level

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    If I remember correctly the game was 21-7 with the Pats ready to put a nail in the coffin when special team fumbled the ball near NE territory. 7 points in three quarters is not nearly high level.

  12. Well if ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reported this story you know it’s credible…He checked his unnamed connections (The hot dog vendor in SECTION 6) before he broke this…..

  13. To put things in perspective, I had minor plantar fasciitis and it took 8 months to heal. And the pain is the same as if your bare foot was stepping on a knife with every step.

  14. While Manning remains determined to play again in 2015, he’s smart enough and sufficiently self-aware to understand what’s currently happening.
    __________________________

    Are we sure that he’s sufficiently self-aware? The history of the game is full of great players who couldn’t face the fact that their time had run out.

    And really, who can blame them?

  15. Rare is the green quarterback who’s not chucking ball to wrong guy at least a couple times a game.

    But even the Pats, with all their schemes and strategery, only got one INT – a fluke off a tipped ball – from Osweiler, and he was playing in rough conditions against them under a ton of pressure.

    That is either very impressive or very lucky on Osweiler’s part.

  16. (to the nationwide theme)

    suddenly I’m on the bench

    walking at the mall each day

    filthy rich so I’m OK

  17. steelbreeze676 says:
    Nov 30, 2015 3:39 PM

    To put things in perspective, I had minor plantar fasciitis and it took 8 months to heal. And the pain is the same as if your bare foot was stepping on a knife with every step.
    ——————————-

    Either they are faking the injury, or he has a torn plantar fascia.

    Either way, he is done as a Bronco.

    There’s no way they are going to pay him $19 million to hold a clip board next year, and I don’t see him taking a pay cut.

  18. I had that. It really sucks. Cortisone shots to the foot really hurt. Worse than a root canal, I thought.

    And it took a lot longer than a couple weeks to heal.

  19. Peyton’s had a great career. It’s time to retire and not make a fool of himself like Favre did.

  20. If I were in the AFC Championship game, I would want Manning taking snaps instead of Brock. Osweiler is proving to be capable in the NFL, but way, way too early to call him the future of the franchise.

    The NFL is littered with guys who play well for a stretch and then get rewarded big. Colin Kaepernick. Matt Flynn. Matt Cassell.

    The guys you want are the ones who can prepare for big games after the tires have been broken in. Peyton is one of those guys.

  21. This is a discussion between fans of successful franchises. The Bills and Vikings trolls can show themselves out.

  22. hazelmn says:
    Nov 30, 2015 3:51 PM

    If I were in the AFC Championship game, I would want Manning taking snaps instead of Brock. Osweiler is proving to be capable in the NFL, but way, way too early to call him the future of the franchise.
    ———————————

    Manning’s record in the playoffs is terrible. If Osweiler gets them to the playoffs, there’s no way they would pull him for Manning, even if he were healthy, which he won’t be.

  23. Don’t understand the Manning hate. I do hope he plays next year, it will likely be elsewhere unless Brock starts to suck.

    A torn plantar fascia is brutal. It takes a while to come back from. But you can come back from it and play at a high level, especially QB.

    I’m not writing Manning off yet, too many people doing so just to be edgy on the internet.

  24. Didn’t seem to bother Brady much, he had his usual 3 TDs, 0 Ints.

    I’d still go with Montana for GOAT. No one played better in the Super Bowl, and for him to win 4 in 10 years against some all time great teams is more impressive.

    “It was a little windy and snowy. Plus, some of those incompletions were on his receivers cutting the route short (Thomas). Having said that, it is early to crown him the successor to Manning.

    But he played well in a tough game against the GOAT QB (man it’s hard to admit that Brady is the GOAT).”

  25. First I would not take anything that says Mortensen before it

    Second the guy has played two games, two games, sorry but you don’t go to the bank on that flimsy track record, unless you are a fool

  26. Breaking news. Mort reports that 11 out of 12 of Manning’s foot tendons are over exerted. Film on SC at night with SVP.

  27. jjbo811

    You must be high up in the Bronco’s org. to know that
    information. Can I get your autograph.
    Get real……..

  28. Don’t assume Osweiler will keep rolling. Nobody knows the future. and they may need Manning again this year.

    I wouldn’t write him off just yet.

  29. I thought everyone already knew this.
    But now that Mort is reporting it, Manning will be back in a couple of weeks.

  30. Peyton was a great QB in his prime, no doubt. But now, he’s like a washed up Billy Kilmer with two bad hips, two bad knees, and a torn rotator cuff before they invented Tommy John surgery.

    The Broncos really lucked out with a good young QB waiting in the wings.

  31. Here comes a nasty divorce. I don’t think Peyton will go quietly and the Broncs want to stick with Brock. Rightfully so,at the moment,but I think Elway is a snake.

  32. Osweiler has had a lot of things break his way these first two starts including a major improvement of the running game. He’s also had numerous wide open WR’s. Jury is still out on him.

  33. It has not been nearly enough games to decide that Osweiler is the future franchise QB of the Denver Broncos. He had one decent game, at home, in the snow, against an injury weakened team. It was good but not great. How many other quarterbacks have been able to put up a good but not great game and then otherwise fizzle? Let’s not overreact and say that this kid is ready to replace a legend.

    That said I do find it a bit ironic that the idea of keeping Manning on the shelf until it is time to make a playoff run is being tossed around, given his reputation and all.

  34. “ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Nov 30, 2015 3:24 PM
    He shouldn’t be back anytime soon. Denver are the favourites to win it all with Osweiler.”

    You are out of your COTTON PICKING MIND thinking that the Denver Ponies are going to win the SuperBowl over the likes of NE, Carolina Cinci, & Arizona

  35. TheWizard says:
    Nov 30, 2015 4:07 PM

    Don’t assume Osweiler will keep rolling. Nobody knows the future. and they may need Manning again this year.
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    They may need him, but they won’t have him.

    Better sign Weeden.

  36. It’s always sad when great players stick around long enough to be below average. Peyton needs to move onto the next phase.

  37. Anyone else get the feeling that if Brock hadn’t done well we’d be hearing rumors about how the foot injury is ahead of schedule and Manning would be back next week?

  38. dino2997 says:
    Nov 30, 2015 4:13 PM
    Osweiler has had a lot of things break his way these first two starts including a major improvement of the running game. He’s also had numerous wide open WR’s. Jury is still out on him.

    Hmmm, I wonder what opened up the run game? Hmmm, I wonder if a good run game helps receivers get open? Hmmm.

  39. Can we pump the brakes for a second on Brock Osweiler? I am the only person who watched the first three quarters of that game last night?

    Holds the ball too long, had to call multiple time outs because he couldn’t get the play called or the alignment sorted out in time, had at least THREE passes batted down (and he’s 6’8″?!??!?) and one batted in the air for an INT.

    All of those things are correctable, and probably will be in time. But let’s leave the Hall of Fame induction champagne on ice for right now, shall we?

  40. If I’m right, you only have to start the game to officially be the “winner” so maybe they just let Peyton get the first snap, hand off & then bring in Brock? Ok, that’s kinda cruel.

  41. I had Plantar fasciitis and it feels like walking on glass!! When I heard that’s what Manning had, his poor performances made a lot more sense. There is no way he can plant his feet to throw properly with this condition. Good news is that he can get over it, BUT I bet unless Brock gets hurt Manning will not play again this year. Next year, who knows. He should probably retire so as not to hurt his legacy!!!

  42. thejohnsmith1122 says:
    Nov 30, 2015 4:27 PM

    Manning is going to be the highest paid QB coach/Offensive coordinator ever when he retires and if he chooses that route.
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    You might be right. Whether he will ever have a quarterback like himself is the mystery.

  43. One would thinkthis would be a nonstory but since the source is Mort we should be expecting an imminent QB controversy

    “After Sunday night’s unlikely win over the previously 10-0 Patriots”

    Only unlikely to Vegas. Pats and Broncos fans knew this one was a toss up

  44. I’m surprised the Pats nearly pulled off the upset without their most athletic defenseman, two top wide outs and punt returners, and dynamic RB (not to mention their top TE near the end there. If they can hold on to the top seed and avoid the high altitude (greatest home field advantage in pro sports), they will roll these guys in January

  45. maikeru79 says:
    Nov 30, 2015 4:19 PM
    “ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Nov 30, 2015 3:24 PM
    He shouldn’t be back anytime soon. Denver are the favourites to win it all with Osweiler.”

    You are out of your COTTON PICKING MIND thinking that the Denver Ponies are going to win the SuperBowl over the likes of NE, Carolina Cinci, & Arizona

    —————-

    Assuming Seattle makes the playoffs, I would not rule them out either. Same thing with the Steelers.

  46. I’ve had plantar fasciitis. It hurts so bad, especially first thing in the morning. It’s like having a nail driven into your heel. No way he’s getting past that in a few weeks.

  47. dino2997 says:
    Nov 30, 2015 4:13 PM
    Osweiler has had a lot of things break his way these first two starts including a major improvement of the running game. He’s also had numerous wide open WR’s. Jury is still out on him.

    ————-
    If you had a shred of knowledge about NFL football, you would realize that a major improvement in the run game is due to safeties respecting the possibility of a deep ball. That’s not a “lucky break”. A running game will also help WRs get open. Oh, and since you obviously didn’t watch the SNF game, his WRs dropped several passes that hit them perfectly. Now I’m not saying he’s the next Brady, but if you’re going to criticize his game, work on your analysis.

  48. Well the report is from Mort so there’s that.

    On the other hand, its not a stretch. He won’t heal in time to be effective this year. And Manning won’t stay with the Broncos in 2016. He’s too expensive, he wouldn’t fit within Kubiak’s system and there isn’t a role for him within their administration.
    However, he would fit very well within the Browns organization. He and Haslam are both alums of University of Tennessee and that makes them thick as thieves. Manning and Haslam are good friends. Haslam needs a football guy in his organization and Manning has had football running through his veins since the day he was born.
    The Browns especially need someone who is quarterback savvy as they prepare to dump Manziel once they give his resume a fresh coat of paint. And there isn’t anyone who is available that is more quarterback savvy than Manning.
    Money is not a real big issue for Manning. He’s got plenty. But it’s also not a big issue for Haslam. He also has plenty. What they need is each other.
    So while Mort may be right, it’s not for the right reason. Look for Manning to hook up with the Browns for the opportunity of a lifetime.

  49. Broncos clinch the division with Osweiler.

    In the last week of the season, when teams consider benching their starters – Peyton should be healed and will start game 16 with the opportunity to win that elusive all time wins record.

    Now thats NFL promo and build up.

    Enjoy it Peyton because Brady’s only 16 games behind you…

  50. Like Kobe, it’s tough to see two legends decline with injuries and poor play. Their minds say they can go, but their bodies say otherwise.

  51. hawkforlife

    Unlikely win? Let’s see, at home with half the Patriots team out against the #1 defense. Yeah, that’s unlikely.

    ——————–

    Like the rest of the NFL, the Broncos also had a number of injuries.

    Ryan Clady, Ty Sambrailo, DeMarcus Ware, TJ Ward, Sylvester Williams, and Louis Vasquez all were out.

  52. Peyton was one of the greatest QBs of all time. But it is time for him to retire. He has been playing scared all this year. He falls to the ground if he thinks he will get sacked. His passing game has been suffering all year due to the pain he has played with. Now the foot problem has been added to the mix. He really needs to retire for his health’s sake. I would hate to see him spend his retirement with major injuries that reduce his quality of life.

  53. Peyton can still play when he is healthy….showed that against the Packers. If he should get healthy….better in playoffs than Orsweller…experience alone gives him one up.

  54. This is Osweiler’s team now. They have a young lion raring to go! Remember Peyton’s last game against the Chiefs? 35 yards passing, 4 picks, QB rating of 0.0. Like Alan Alda in Paper Lion.

  55. Peyton should take a lesson from Kobe Bryant….which is…just admit it when your body says that its time to hang ’em up. NOBODY beats Father Time.

  56. I love how everyone who is criticizing Brock about how the fumbled punt gave him the short field and thats why they won cause he didn’t do anything else. Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe ALL of Bradys TD drives were short field except for 1 pass. His first TD came after a 30 some yard punt and gave them field position in Denver territory. The 2nd was at Denvers 20 after a batted ball pick and the last gave him what 80yrds passing and a TD on 1 throw but somehow he had a great game. Pats started almost every drive in the first half in broncos territory and TB couldn’t capitalize. If he did it would have been 35-7 at the half. Brady didnt come through on many short fields all night

  57. As long as Brock keeps doing a good job I don’t see Peyton coming back except as a #2. Peyton’s style doesn’t fit Kubiak’s plan and he has shown that his health isn’t good enough for a long season. I hope he retires while he still has good memories with the fans, but if he does like most of the other greats he will try some other teams for that last bit of glory.

  58. Wow, Brock is the next coming accordingly to some of these comments. Remember that no one has enough film on this guy yet to scheme against his weaknesses.

  59. Just to show the stats here is NE starting field position on Bradys great night.
    Denver 47-TD
    50 yrd Line – Punt
    NE 20 – Punt
    Denver 15 – TD

    But somehow he had a great night a Brock only won cause of a fumble.

    NE – 15 possesions Avg start NE 38
    Den – 15 possesions. Avg start Den 22

  60. They have an elite defense, and an apparently decent qb who can seemingly not lose you games with his lack of arm strength. Brock also doesn’t have hero-titis disease, where he thinks he’s got to do it all because nobody else is capable of it. That’s why Manning’s always been a choker, because he feels the need to be the hero every time.

  61. Peyton Manning is NFL royalty. The speculation that one of the greatest of all time has been replaced by Brock Osweiler is misplaced. BO has done his job as a backup but will be replaced by Manning.
    Yes, chicken parm still tastes so good…

  62. As a fan of no team in particular you gotta love Brock. He seems down to earth and did a good job his first two NFL starts. Will have to see if he holds up.

    As for Peyton, he’s overrated. Seems like Eli’s a better QB. The media hyped Peyton up and put him on a pedestal. Never thought I’d say this but he now sings better than he plays QB, and that’s not a good thing.

  63. Remember last year Peyton? When everyone was saying, “you can’t bench Peyton! He’s the greatest of all time!” and “how could you even consider playing an unknown Osweiler over HOF Peyton Manning?!”. Remember?

    What are they saying this year Peyton? “He’s washed up… he’ll never play another down!” and “how could you think of putting Peyton back in the game considering how bad he’s been!?”.

    Yeah, that’s your indicator that you stayed too long. Should’ve retired last year when people remembered how great you were. Enjoy your chicken parm and stay home old timer… you were great at one time… key word being WERE.

  64. It’s Brock’s job now, whether Peyton is healthy or not. There’s only 5 games left and that particular foot problem takes a while to heal. Peyton should just contribute however he can.

  65. Don’t understand the Peyton bashing. Have some respect. What warrior wants to admit time has gotten the best of them? He’s HOF all time

  66. I am a Denver Fan but for once I am not associating with all of your negativity about Peyton Manning and how he is old should hang it up etc. Get obsessed with another topic. Brock did not play well in the game against the Patriots, you are just lucky that Peyton Manning dissected the game and gave that information to Brock, Brock looked a lot like and sounded like Peyton when he did the audible and that drive. Since you do not like Peyton you cannot like Brock who sounded a lot like Peyton in the second half drive and looked like him. However, that will not matter to any of you because you just do not like Peyton.

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