Peyton Manning will have an MRI today
Manning seemed particularly shook up after being tackled by Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget in the second half of Sunday’s 28-20 win. Liuget wrapped Manning up just above the knee after the quarterback got the ball and threw a game-clinching completion to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas in the closing minutes. Manning struggled to get to his feet after the hit and was briefly attended by the team trainers. However, Manning was able to stay in the game, though he was noticeably playing through pain.
“I’m pretty sore,” Manning said. “They kind of got me twice in that lower area. [I'll] get an MRI tomorrow and will know more then.”
The 16-year veteran finished Sunday’s game by completing 25-of-36 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns while not being picked a single time by the Charger.
In his post-game comments, Manning did not offer specifics to part of his "lower area" actually required an MRI, but he seemed to be favoring the right knee after the hit by Liuget. But the 37-year-old has been reportedly daeling with ankle injuries since last month’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Manning appeared to aggravate the injury the following week, when he was taken down by Indianapolis Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis for a sack. He missed a practice with ankle issues leading up to the Broncos’ Oct. 27 game against the Washington Redskins, and sat out another two during the bye week. However, Manning worked out every single day this past week.
A potentially serious injury to Manning could derail the Broncos’ season, just two weeks after the team lost head coach John Fox for the rest of the season due to heart surgery.
The 8-1 Broncos are entering a key stretch of games – including two against division rival Kansas City Chiefs (and one at New England. The Broncos currently occupy the second spot in the AFC West and need at least a split against the Chiefs (9-0) if the former maintains any real hopes for the division-title.
The Broncos certainly cannot rely on backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, who has never started an NFL game and attempted just seven passes during his first two seasons in Denver.
The team will have its first-on field practice of Week 11 on Wednesday before hosting the Chiefs this Sunday at FedExField.