Nov 15, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) leaves the field after the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Chiefs won 29-13. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos chances for a Super Bowl run might have taken a huge blow. One day after Peyton Manning was benched, Adam Schefter reports that he has a partial torn plantar fascia in his right foot.
This was not huge news, but it appears that the injury has gotten even worse. The injury was aggravated in Indianapolis. While he got treatment for it, it got worse on Sunday against the Chiefs. Perhaps Gary Kubiak should have listened to his gut feelings and sit Manning.
There is a chance that Manning will potentially miss at least next week’s contest against the Chicago Bears. This is probably for the best as the Broncos need to rest him so that he is healthy for the postseason.
In his relief appearance, Osweiler went 14 of 24 for 146 yards. He also had a touchdown and interception in the game. For playing half of the game, those numbers are not bad. It showed that Osweiler was trying to knock off some jitters and did look a bit out of place, but he found a groove and got things going.
I will admit that I felt bad for Manning when he was benched, but also noticed that things did not look good for him on Sunday. If the Broncos want any shot at making this year memorable for Manning, and possibly end this with a Super Bowl victory, they need to have him sit and get him back to full health.
This would also give the Broncos a chance to see if Osweiler is ready for to be the quarterback of the future. Remember that he is in the final year of his rookie contract. If Osweiler can perform well, I would not be surprised if he is offered a new contract.
All I can say is that I hope Manning does not push himself. Take the time to recover. We want to see you at your best. It hurts to see you struggling. Wishing for a speedy recovery. Go Broncos!