While fans may be hoping that Sunday afternoon’s matchup between the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers is full of exciting surprises, there was no such thing to be found on the Broncos inactive list.
The Denver Broncos announced the following players will be not dress for what could be the final time the franchise suits up in San Diego.
-Christian Ponder, QB
-Peyton Manning, QB
-T.J. Ward, S
-Sam Brenner, OL
-Sylvester Williams, DL
-DeMarcus Ware, LB
-Jordan Norwood, WR
The Broncos inactive list includes four players that began the season in the starting lineup. However, Manning, Ward, Williams, and Ware are sidelined this week with injuries.
Ward and Williams both suffered lower body injuries during their 30-24 overtime win over the previously undefeated New England Patriots last week. There was some thought that one or the other may have the chance to play this weekend. Head coach Gary Kubiak snuffed that out on Friday announcing both of them would sit this week.
DeMarcus Ware will miss his fourth straight game, and fifth total this season with a nagging back injury. The Broncos had been optimistic about their defensive captain’s status for this game early in the week.
However, by Friday it was clear Kubiak was intent on resting Ware one more week. “He was really close,” Kubiak said. “I think we kind of made our minds up yesterday, we’re going to stay the course. It’s not time yet.”
The team worked out Ware during pre-game warmups in San Diego, and by all accounts, he performed well. Look for him to return to the field next week against the Raiders.
Meanwhile, the seemingly never-ending saga of five time NFL MVP Peyton Manning continues. Manning has not suited up since throwing four interceptions, posting a 0.0 passer rating, and being benched in a 29-13 drubbing against the Kansas City Chiefs.
According to sources, Manning has been dealing with an injured plantar fascia in his left foot for some time. Following the Kansas City debacle, Manning was fitted with a cast and boot to wear on his foot. The cast was removed this week, and Manning has begun rehabbing his injury. However, he is not expected to start for some time, if ever again.
Ward, Williams, and Manning did not travel with the Broncos to San Diego this weekend.