Peyton Manning, despite his performance vs. the Indianapolis Colts a week ago, had a very good 2014 season. At least, from a statistical perspective. He completed 66.2% of his passes, throwing for 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns, to 15 interceptions.
This performance earned him yet another selection to the Pro Bowl and the third in as many years as the quarterback of the Denver Broncos and the 14th of his career. Unfortunately, Manning recently told the Denver Post that he has been forced to back out of the NFL All-Star game, due to his torn/strained quad. The NFL has also been informed.
"It's a great honor to be selected to the Pro Bowl," said Manning via the Denver Post, "and I've always taken the obligation to play in it very seriously. I've believed that, if healthy, it's a player's responsibility to play in the game because of what it means to be voted in by your peers and the fans."
"I'm disappointed that I'm just not healthy enough this year to be part of it. It's going to be tough not being down there with the other guys, but it hasn't had enough time to heal."
The Broncos led the league in Pro Bowl selctions with ten, matching the franchise record originally set by the 1998 squad.
As the Denver Post mentions, Manning doesn't back out of the Pro Bowl easily. This year represents the only occasion that he's missed it, without appearing in the Super Bowl, which lends credence to the idea that Manning has been truly hobbled by his quad injury.
Manning represents the second Broncos player who had to back out of the Pro Bowl because of health. Demaryius Thomas also felt it best to forego the game, as he attempts to heal from the injuries sustained during the long season.