On Thursday, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said that quarterback Peyton Manning would have a “big workout” on Saturday. After Saturday’s “big workout,” Kubiak didn’t have much to say.
“I need to shut up,” Kubiak told reporters regarding the reaction to his description of the session as “big.”
“It was a workout,” Kubiak said, also confirming that he personally attended the session. “It was good. They were all good workouts this week. He probably worked harder today than he did the other two days, in all honesty, but it was a real good workout.”
Asked whether Saturday’s not-so-big “big workout” would determine Manning’s ability to practice in the week after the game, Kubiak said, “No. We had a good week. Let’s go from there, okay?”
Asked whether the goal is to keep open the possibility that Peyton could play again, Kubiak said, “There is nothing — it’s just, ‘Let’s go. Let’s have a good week. Let’s work.’ That’s what he did. I won’t go beyond that.”
It seems obvious that the Broncos are trying to keep the door open on Peyton returning at some point this season. With only one regular-season game remaining after Monday night’s contest against the Broncos, it could be that Peyton will play, if at all, during the postseason.
First, the Broncos have to get there. And they could end up with anything from a postseason bye to a home game in the wild-card round to a road game in the wild-card round to no playoffs at all, based on what happens the new two weeks, with or without Peyton on the field.