Peyton Manning may eventually have foot surgery

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Lost in Sunday’s made-for-TV brouhaha over whether Peyton Manning would hold a clipboard (or, possibly, throw it down and storm away) is the fact that he’s not healthy enough to even serve as a backup quarterback.

The partially torn plantar fascia in Manning’s foot continues to bother him, with a setback occurring during practice on Friday. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the condition eventually could result in Manning having surgery.

According to the source, Manning was told by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte last month that, if the problem continues for a year, surgery becomes the best option. Last year, Archie Manning said that Peyton has been dealing with the problem for five or six months.

If my math is correct (and it rarely is), Manning will have to decide in another six months or so whether to have the surgery. If he still intends to play in 2016, the surgery becomes a no-brainer.

The more immediate question is whether through rehab the foot will get to the point where he could play during the regular season or the postseason. For now, he can’t — which makes any talk about whether he’d serve as Brock Osweiler’s backup irrelevant.

28 responses to “Peyton Manning may eventually have foot surgery

  1. This is your golden opportunity to ride off into the sunset without embarrassing yourself Peyton. Don’t be as stubborn as Favre was. Exit with grace.

    Let’s face it he’s destined to be an OC, GM, or maybe run his own professional QB camps if he wants to. There will be a place for him in football in some capacity for as long as he wants there to be one.

  2. Peyton needs one more win to break Farves regular season wins at 186, that’s all he wants. He couldn’t care less what happens with the rest of the team. Brady is already at 172, he will eventually smash that record anyways.

  3. I expect the donkeys to offer a #1 to the Giants for Eli, yet another leader-challenged, selfish, somewhat talented QB named manning in the same vain as elway was as a player.

  4. skooter519 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 4:23 PM

    Peyton needs one more win to break Farves regular season wins at 186, that’s all he wants. He couldn’t care less what happens with the rest of the team. Brady is already at 172, he will eventually smash that record anyways.

    Thing is that with an older body now, even Brady knows that one hit will end the quest for any more wins or titles.
    If Brock’s injured & unable to play and Peyton’s needed for a drive or two, maybe, just maybe, I will bring him in. Otherwise, it is curtains for him in 2015.

  5. As a former Pedorthist:

    His foot isn’t going to magically stop bothering him. Plantar fasciitis doesn’t just go away, especially a tear as significant as his. Even if it stops hurting you, you’re still one step away from going through it all over again. I couldn’t believe they put him in a cast instead of a rocker-bottom boot, plantar fasciitis is basically what they make those boots for. Surgery isn’t a guarantee. Feet are the farthest part of the body from the heart, which makes blood flow a problem, usually slowing down (and often times complicating) recovery, especially when you’re 6’5” like Mr. Manning. His best bet for playing this year is resting until the playoffs, getting a cortisone shot, and giving it a try. He can maaaaaaaaaybe get two of those during that month. Get very good orthotics for his shoes. If he does end up getting surgery on it, there’s no guarantee he’s ready for next season. Tough spot for him to be in.

  6. This is the flip side of keeping around a legendary veteran QB to “tutor” his replacement. Until Peyton is off the roster for good, Osweiler can never play with 100% confidence. Elway doesn’t want to be the guy who cuts Peyton and Kubiak doesn’t want to the be the one who sits him in favor of Oz if/when he’s healthy again.

  7. Manning needs to move on while he is looked on as one of the best. Don’t pull what so many do and stay longer and fans start to remember this player from when they made the game look easy.

  8. P Manning is facing a challenge that all professional athletes do: When do I hang it up? He has reached the point, but I am not sure he realizes it. A number of former great players were told by their coach, “Retire or else we cut you” Some did. Some got cut and signed elsewhere. And some are pathetically trying to get back (T.O.). I don’t care if he is foolish enough to play one more year. I just don’t want him to be another TO

  9. Dec 21, 2015 4:40 PM

    “Manning needs to move on while he is looked on as one of the best. Don’t pull what so many do and stay longer and fans start to remember this player from when they made the game look easy.”

    Uhhh, I think that ship has already sailed.

  10. “As a former Pedorthist:”
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    why in the world would anyone ever be a FORMER Pedorthist – sounds exciting to me.

    😉 – just kidding thanks for the info.

  11. Seems to me he’s not taking a real snap the rest of the year. Okay, so what if he has the surgery? And says he wants to play AND start? What are the Broncos gonna do?

    Ah, yet another saga to keep the NFL in the news in the offseason. We’ll call it “Peyton’s Place: On the Roster.” It’ll air after PSI:Boston.

  12. melikefootball says:
    Dec 21, 2015 4:40 PM

    Manning needs to move on while he is looked on as one of the best. Don’t pull what so many do and stay longer and fans start to remember this player from when they made the game look easy.
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    He will forever be remembered for his last game as an NFL quarterback, where he set the record for the worst game played by a quarterback, ever, at any level, from the Pee Wee leagues, to the Thanksgiving day family game, and up.

  13. the8man says:
    Dec 21, 2015 4:51 PM

    Seems to me he’s not taking a real snap the rest of the year. Okay, so what if he has the surgery? And says he wants to play AND start? What are the Broncos gonna do?
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    They’ll cut him. No way they are going to pay him an exorbitant salary for next year, unless he signed a sweetheart of a contract.

  14. Peyton has been a very great player but it would be pretty ironic to see the player most obsessed by breaking records to be left stranded one game behind Favre’s regular season wins.

  15. Makes no difference to Denver’s chances getting to the playoffs. Either go with the hobbled superstar or the deer-in-headlights-fourth-year-bench-jockey, Denver still loses its last two games and misses the playoffs. Not too dissimilar to McHoodie’s year in Denver, except this time the collapse will be epic: the only team to start 7-0 and NOT make the playoffs. Hope to be wrong, but I am probably not.

  16. Archie was the best 1Q 2Q and 3Q QB of his era. 4Q not so much. Peyton best regular season stay monkey ever. Two ring Eli proof that sometimes being lucky is better than being good.

  17. I agree it is time for Peyton to retire.
    I believe part of it is his pride in not having as many Super Bowl rings as his little Brother. Being the Youngest in my Family Older brothers get awfully touchy when Younger brothers eclipse things they have accomplished!

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