Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has received an abundant amount of criticism this season, but most of that was based on the fact that he was having to learn a new offense at age 39. However, it wasn’t until Monday that we knew what he was really dealing with this year.
Manning is suffering from a case of plantar fasciitis, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and has been for a week. He is believed to have aggravated the injury against the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 8, which resulted in a partial tear of his plantar fascia.
And speaking from experience, a partial tear can be even more painful than a complete tear. Nevertheless, there has not been any news regarding whether we will see Manning standing on the sidelines.
Coach Gary Kubiak said that Manning would still be the starter if he’s healthy enough to be, ESPN reports. “If [Manning’s] healthy and ready to go, Peyton is our quarterback,” he said Sunday.
On Sunday, Kubiak replaced Manning with Brock Osweiler, which ended one of his worst games. He threw four interceptions, he was 5-for-20 for just 35 passing yards, he was sacked twice and he fumbled before he was taken out of the game.
Though Manning had received a week of treatment, he definitely appeared to be in pain as he planted his foot more than he had in the past. After the game, he was asked if he was more comfortable during the warm-up than he was during the game.
“Oh, I can’t…I don’t know,” he said. “I can’t say that. I guess that’s an observation. I just didn’t–I thought I felt good enough to play, that’s what I thought. Maybe that was the wrong–maybe that was a false feeling by me or whatever that was…I am honest with them with how I felt, thought I was good enough to play.”
“Maybe looking back that was the wrong–I had the wrong indication by me. And by going out there trying to help the team, I ended up hurting the team. I’m disappointed about that.”
He explained that he had been honest with the training staff and his coach in the days leading up to the game. However, he failed to tell the coaches how he was feeling at halftime.
He was on the injury report with a shoulder injury two weeks prior and with a foot injury within the last week. Additionally, a rib cage injury was added to the report. He received treatment for his foot and ribs Saturday.
With Manning’s injury, the focus could shift to Osweiler. Osweiler was 14-24 for 146 yards Sunday with one interception and one touchdown. The team began their season 7-0, but they have lost two straight games and will still play the Bears, Patriots, Steelers and Bengals.