Peyton Manning came down with the flu before the Denver Broncos week 15 road game vs. the San Diego Chargers. He played through the illness, relying on intravenous fluids, administered by team doctors.
Halfway through the game, Manning injured his thigh, adding injury to illness. However, he finished the game with a 125.6 quarterback rating, and led his team to victory. It was an impressive, gritty performance.
The flu bug may have passed, but Manning is still hobbled with his thigh and has found himself on the Broncos injury report, listed as "questionable" for tomorrow's showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football.
Head coach, John Fox, was asked if Manning's health has improved this week.
“You’d have to ask him that but he looked good in practice," Fox said via the team.
Cagey. But such is the nature of coach-speak in the NFL. Head coaches will say or do anything to prevent the opposition from gaining any sort of tactical advantage, provided it's legal. Fox is no different.
However, through Manning's track record, we can glean that he must be absolutely incapacitated to the point that he either can't play, or by doing so, would jeopardize his team's fortunes on the grid-iron, to miss a start. Broncos Country can likely rest assured that Manning will be under center tomorrow.
As for Fox, he's reticent to guarantee a Manning start on MNF.
“That’s not on our league-wide mandatory reports.”
Wide receiver, Emmanuel Sanders, has also fought the the flu bug, missing practice on Saturday. No doubt it's the same virus that struck his QB just last week. 'Tis the season for such virulence, but the Broncos medical staff will likely have him in playing shape come Monday night.
“I think it’s pretty typical," Fox said Saturday. "We’re kind of a microcosm of society. I haven’t done an illness report in the greater Arapahoe County area here, but I’d say it’s probably similar to what goes on really everywhere else.”
When asked whether Sanders will travel with the team to Cincinnati, Fox was forthcoming.
“Yes I do, but we’ll see what happens (Sunday). That’s when we leave.”