Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been placed in a rather precarious situation. The five-time NFL MVP will sit out his second straight game this Sunday against the New England Patriots. However, that does not mean Manning has been absent from game preparations.
Manning is dealing with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. Earlier this week, he traveled to Charlotte, NC to visit with Dr. Robert Anderson, the nation’s leading expert on athletic foot injuries. Anderson fitted Manning in a cast and instructed him to wear a walking boot through the rest of this week.
According to sources, Manning is handling the injury well. He has been seen at the Broncos’ facility throughout the week and appears to be in a good mood.
His attitude may have something to do with the work he has been putting in with the Broncos coaching staff and quarterback Brock Osweiler.
Manning has taken an active role in game preparation this week. He has attended team meetings, watched his teammates practice, and spoken with Osweiler about the best ways to attack Bill Belichick’s defensive scheme, a scheme he’s played against 16 times.
Head coach Gary Kubiak said Manning has played a key role in the Broncos preparation for the Patriots. “He’s been involved and very engaged with the game plan,” Kubiak said. “He came out to practice here during the end of practices throughout the course of the week and was just out there today. He’s done his part. He’s really helped out Brock this week.”
Kubiak is still unsure whether Manning will watch Sunday night’s game from the field or the sideline. “We’ll visit with that probably tomorrow morning,” Kubiak said. “He’ll either be on the field or in the press box. We’ll see.”
If Manning does not stand on the sideline during the game, it’s believed Manning will sit in the coaches box, as opposed to the regular press box where he could be subject to conversations or scrutiny from surrounding media. “He’d probably be up with the coaches,” Kubiak said.