So yes, Peyton Manning practiced yesterday.
But it was unlike any practice he’s ever participated in before.
Via Mike Klis of KUSA, the future Hall of Famer ran the scout team during his first practice back after a month-long absence because of a foot problem.
And that’s something that was startling to the Broncos starter, Brock Osweiler.
“It was a little strange to see Peyton take those scout team reps today,” Osweiler said. “But once again that’s something that’s out of my control. I was told to go to the first-team huddle and you’re the starter this week. And that’s what I did.”
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said yesterday that Manning would not be active this week against the Steelers, but declined to get into details about his progress as it pertains to the depth chart. That means rookie Trevor Siemian will back up Osweiler this week in Pittsburgh, though it could change prior to the following week’s home game against the Bengals.
Osweiler’s in a funny spot and he knows it, but he’s saying all the right things about starting for one of the top teams in the AFC and the possibility that he could be replaced by a legend of the game at some point.
“It was great to have him out there,” Osweiler said of Manning. “Out there throwing footballs with him, working on progressions. All the little things we do as quarterbacks on Wednesdays. Just to get him back on the field and working and having him beside you, it’s great to have him back out there. . . .
“That decision is not up to me, so I’m not going to worry about it. That has nothing to do with me. I think the coaches will do a great job of making that decision and Mr. [John] Elway will do the same thing. Like I said I’m going to show up and do my job each day.”
And Manning will show up for his, as he gets accustomed to running the scout team which simulates Steelers plays, instead of the ones he’s used to running.