It's been a fun morning. Today, NFL "Insider" Ian Rapoport did the best he could to stoke the fires of a quarterback controversy that doesn't exist in Denver. He said this live on NFL Network this morning:
"Let me take you inside a very uncomfortable situation in Denver. [Peyton Manning] is going to be inactive today, not serving as the backup to Brock Osweiler. But it is a trying time for Peyton Manning, who has always been a starter his entire career. Does not sound like he is inclined to be Brock Osweiler's backup. This is one issue and one I am told he is pretty serious about. Now the other issue is Peyton Manning simply is not healthy. He had a setback this week, did not practice Friday, which of course officially is the reason that he's not Osweiler's backup. But from what I'm told, he did not do much at practice at all; really just took individual reps, didn't do anything with the team. Until he gets real backup reps, until he gets maybe even starter reps, we are not going to see him on the field, which does not bode well for his Week 16 availability, regardless of how Osweiler plays."
Elway is trying to squash any iteration of a quarterback controversy in Denver. But until Manning is healthy enough to actually play, there won't be one. Brock Osweiler will continue as the starter. Manning took a month off, tried getting back on the horse this past Wednesday and Thursday, but felt soreness in his injured foot Friday.
MHH's Featured Columnist Doc Bear, a medical professional, isn't optimistic that Manning will return to the Denver Broncos any time before the Super Bowl. Knowing that Manning's plantar fascia issue dates back 5-6 months, according to his father Archie Manning, doesn't bode well for a miracle recovery any time soon.
At this point, we don't know how severe Manning's setback was on Friday. It could be minor — just some soreness the team wants to be cautious about. Or, it could be a significant obstacle to him returning in time for any meaningful football this season.
But again, folks, until Manning is healthy enough to play, there isn't a quarterback controversy in Denver.
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