After getting benched in week 10, for Brock Osweiler, Peyton Manning will likely sit on the bench a little longer now that he reportedly has a torn plantar fascia.
NFL Network’s James Palmer reported, “Players don’t usually talk about other players’ injuries, but several players told me yesterday they were concerned about Manning’s foot.”
According to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, Broncos head coach stated “To be honest with you, I was protecting him. I was worried about him,”Kubiak said, “Let me just say this: Obviously, I’m very disappointed in the football game. … I’m disappointed in myself, this is on me. I probably should have made a decision not to play him in the game. I needed to make probably that tough decision there.”
Coming off a game in which he completed only 5/20 passes for 35 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions, many debated on whether Peyton should get the starting nod next week against the Bears from a performance standpoint. Now with an aggravated foot injury, “benching” Peyton Manning became a whole lot easier.
Week 11 against the Chicago Bears will be backup quarterback Brock Osweiler’s first career start. Drafted in 2012 to eventually be the Peyton’s eventual successor, Osweiler will have a perfect opportunity next Sunday to prove to the Broncos coaching staff that he IS the quarterback of the future. And hey, if he plays well enough, maybe the Broncos don’t have to rush Peyton back in the starting lineup.