At least according to Manning himself after Denver’s 28-20 win over San Diego, he’s feeling a bit sore (as reported by Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com):
“I’m pretty sore,” Manning said during the postgame press conference. “They kind of got me twice in kind of that lower area. It felt better coming into the game after the bye week, but I’m pretty sore. I’m getting an MRI tomorrow so I’ll know a little more then.”
Rosenthal did say that Manning not playing would be highly unlikely though:
It would be the upset of the century if Manning wasn’t on the field against Kansas City next week. But an MRI indicates there is some level of concern. With two matchups coming up against the Chiefs‘ great pass rush, Manning’s ability to stay upright will be a huge storyline to watch.
Rosenthal does make a great point. If there’s one team an aging and “pretty sore” Manning should be a bit worried about, it would be the Chiefs.
Bob Sutton’s defense has gotten after the quarterback at a high clip this season, and it can bring the pressure from just about anywhere. Whether it be Dontari Poe up the middle, Eric Berry on a safety blitz or Justin Houston and Tamba Hali off the edges, the Chiefs will get after the quarterback.
While he’s a great pocket presence and field general, Manning isn’t necessarily known as the most mobile of quarterbacks. Especially as he gets older. So, he could be walking into the perfect storm next Sunday when Kansas City invades Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Kansas City has 36 sacks so far on the season, which leads the NFL.