The Broncos are taking their quarterback situation week to week. This week, they’d already resolved the situation by Monday, when coach Gary Kubiak declared that Brock Osweiler will start against the Raiders.
That means the “at least two weeks” estimate regarding the absence of Peyton Manning, given by the team after Osweiler beat the Bears in Chicago, will last at least three weeks. Maybe longer.
Meanwhile, Manning continues to rehab his injured foot. And he could resume throwing as soon as Wednesday.
“Peyton worked hard through the weekend and worked hard today,” Kubiak told reporters on Monday. “I think tomorrow is kind of a rest day for him. . . . The thought is that maybe starting Wednesday, depending on how things go, [Manning will] start to throw, we start to do a little bit on the field type of stuff. We’re working toward some football things this week, but it has been a good weekend for him and I know he’s feeling better.”
It’s unclear when or if that means Maning will be back. Kubiak has said Manning will be back when healthy, but with Osweiler now 3-0 (making him the only undefeated starter not named Cam Newton) it will be hard to sit the former backup down if he keeps winning.
The next huge test for Osweiler could come in Week 15, when the Broncos visit Pittsburgh, where Matthew Hasselbeck’s 4-0 starting streak recently ended. It’ll happen if next week’s week-to-week decision results in Osweiler once again getting the call, for at least one more week.
Before then, Osweiler will face the Raiders. It will be the only game that allows an apples-to-apples comparison between Manning and Osweiler. Earlier this year, Manning had no touchdowns and two interceptions against Oakland, with a passer rating of 66.2.