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Peyton Manning Feeling Sore Heading Into Clash With 9-0 Chiefs


As the Kansas City Chiefs look ahead to their Week 11 clash with the Denver Broncos, the health of Denver’s quarterback, the legendary Peyton Manning, may be up in the air.

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.

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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.

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  • Wes McDougal

    Chiefs will get after Manning and put him on his back if he plays. Can’t wait for this game. Go Chiefs!!

  • chiefs7474

    Ugh… This pisses me off for a number of reasons.

    1) When the Chiefs beat the Broncos this week, pundits and the national media won’t be highlighting the efficient offense and stalwart defense of Kansas City; instead it’ll be, “Oh, Peyton Manning was hurt. The Chiefs just got lucky again. Give them Peyton at 100% and they’d lose.”

    2) Wasn’t Peyton suffering from ankle issues the past few weeks? Didn’t hear much complaining then! But now as he’s about to play the best team in the NFL, suddenly he’s hurting and affected?

    I think Peyton’s just scared shitless to play the Chiefs. And he knows EXACTLY what’s going to happen to him on Sunday night in front of a national audience.

    • sidibeke

      Yup, just another excuse for why KC isn’t that good should they win. Ah, well. All we can do is play the team on the field.

    • Aaron Martin

      I agree with you on this chiefs7474! This just pisses me off. I want a legit game from the donkeys.

    • stevekozak

      You are absolutely right! When I saw about his “injury” the first thing that popped into my head was “here we go again. When the Chiefs beat them by 3 pts, everyone will say they are lucky, that they could not have beat them if Peyton was healthy, the next team will ruin the Chiefs, Peyton was magically transformed into a backup QB……. And Micah will say that Alex just didn’t get it done, and should be run out of town because his 10 wins weren’t winning enough….. :)

  • Danny W

    Hopefully Sutton dials up some nasty mean schemes to get this guy feeling even worse after he plays us.

    • RepOurChiefs

      Would you say..ah plethora of nasty schemes? -best el guapo voice lol

      • Danny W

        plethora or potpourri either one is just beautiful.

  • sidibeke

    Rivers ought to be afraid next week. It seems playing the Chiefs on the horizon portends injury for QBs. Insert menacing laughter here with a picture of Sutton and a shelf of starting QB voodoo dolls.

    • RepOurChiefs

      Hahahaha!

    • micah stephenson

      Lol

  • Kansas City Rob

    Anything can happen on any given Sunday, we just need to keep our eyes in our own boat. The only injuries I am concerned about is how our team is doing. If Manning doesn’t play that might be bad, it seems the Chiefs have struggled with qb’s there is virtually no tape on. Let’s hope our boys do get a chance to play the supposed “best.”

  • sidibeke

    According to ESPN, the line for next Sun’s game is Den by 9. Wow. Not a lot of respect there.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Actually, I think that indicates the opposite. I’m not a betting man, but don’t you get 3 just for having the homefield advantage?

      • berttheclock

        Yes.

      • sidibeke

        You do (get 3 pts), from what I’ve heard, but a two score line seems high. For example, the only other team giving up more than 7 next week is Sea at home over the Vikings (14 pt spread). Maybe you’re right. I haven’t seen what Den’s other lines are.

  • Phillip Maxwell

    I don’t wish permanent injury on anyone but, I would love to see our defense take Manning out. Not because I don’t think we can win with him in there but, it would send a signal to the talking heads about how real our defense is.

  • RepOurChiefs

    You really couldnt have wrote this up any better. Its destiny. All the advantage seems to have tipped our way this season. Add that with a prepared,dedicated and passionate team..whoooa nelly! Manning will play…the chiefs will gather at the family table. Thanksgiving will come early. No turkey though, only bird served will be the phoenix that has risen from the ashes. So dont let the grins of denver fans shake ya addict faithful cause im sure they are nervous as hell knowing they could fall in a “feel good” story thats…. destined to be. #fromtheashes

    • KC Claussen

      I disagree, there’ll be a lotta crow served up for enver.

      • RepOurChiefs

        Yesh ..crow will be on the menu…indeed

  • T.Hagen

    I don’t think I should say this but I will, break his freaking neck

  • Lyle Graversen

    Hit him, then hit him again, and then hit him some more. Seriously, I’m even okay with a couple flags for late hits. I think the only way you beat Manning is to rattle him, beat him up, and take him out of rhythm. This is not the time to drop everybody back and play it safe.

    • chiefridgy

      I agree. I think the first 10 series on defense we should just bring the house……who cares if they score. Hit him and hurt him!

      • RepOurChiefs

        Bring the whole neighborhood!

    • Auburn78

      Absolutely disagree. Play to win but don’t play dirty. As someone involved in teaching today’s youth, I don’t believe we teach them that if you can’t win fair and square just break the rules. Sadly most Chiefs fans used to share these ideals. They are what separated us from fans like those of the Raiders. How would you feel if they kept cheap shotting Charles?

      • berttheclock

        Hear, Hear

      • DieHard_ChiefsFan

        I agree 100%, I am also a volunteer coach for 5/6th grade football and to play dirty is a hollow victory. You hone your strengths and push forward for a solid Win. The one thing that is in the back of my mind if we win, is all of the dirt balls saying we are the worst 9-0 team will find an excuse to say Manning was NOT at his best. I really dont care as my team is 9-0 and Im loving the ride, so bring on Sunday night !!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I don’t want to see this team play dirty. That’s not the kind of team Reid wants to coach.
      I’d blitz the hell out of him, but late hits are unnecessary.

    • berttheclock

      Flags for late hits? The way the refs are protecting QBs, this season, late hits of any sort can end up being costly. Remember the tripping over the legs of Tuel by Berry which was flagged for unnecessary roughness? That idiotic call negated a 3rd down stop by the defense and gave the Bills new life.

    • RepOurChiefs

      Right…get at him hard! No reason to respect his running ability or lack there of.

    • RepOurChiefs

      Minus the dirty play of course..lol.. karma karma karma. We got a classy bunch.

  • T.Hagen

    Peyton is an always will be an arrogant piece of crap, barring he is a good quarterback. He was too good to talk to the Chiefs when Indianapolis let him go!

    • Auburn78

      Wow seriously? Manning has an entire children’s hospital named after him. Not because he gave money, cause he gave so much of his time. Do u know where he broke down game film? Local restaurant Max and Ermas where he had befriended the owner. The guy is about as down to earth as anyone in the NFL. And it’s Pioli he didn’t want to talk to…..can you blame him????

      • berttheclock

        Not only Pioli, but, he could also discern the lack of a pass protecting offensive line.

        • T.Hagen

          Wow a bunch of Peyton sympathizers.

          • berttheclock

            I am far from a “Peyton sympathizer”. However, I recognized at the time, PM was not going to come to KC. For one thing, his agent, Tom Condon, a former Chiefs player, couldn’t stand trying to deal with Pioli. Secondly, It was Peyton who ran Lilja out of Indy because he wanted a bigger and stronger blocker ahead of him. There was no way PM was going to try to pass behind the very offensive KC O-line. I was really hoping to see PM go to the Niners as I did not want to see the Chiefs have to play against him twice a season.

      • DieHard_ChiefsFan

        Again I agree 100% with you. Cassel was Pioli’s boy and he was not going to let him go as it would have made Pioli look bad. (Even though everyone but Pioli already knew he looked bad) Peyton is one of the Class acts in the NFL and even when he was tossed aside by the Colts after his injury, he regrouped and got back in it. I will never be a Donkey’s fan but you cant bash the guys Character and hard work to get back in the game.

      • T.Hagen

        You like Peyton, good for you. I don’t and he’s arrogant

  • T.Hagen

    His potty smells like roses

  • T.Hagen

    Andrew please don’t put Peyton face up again unless it is him getting sacked.

    • RepOurChiefs

      Hahaha!

      • T.Hagen

        You laughing at me or with me? I have to be careful of what i say about Peyton cause obviously there are Peyton lovers out there.

        • RepOurChiefs

          With. I hate denver which trumps any respect I have for PM come game day. Matt Cassel was stand up too iMO…still wanted him gone. Lol

  • micah stephenson

    Don’t fall for that. He is fine.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      He has taken quite a few hits the last few weeks, but unless he develops a heart problem like Fox, he’ll play.

  • tomflex

    Manning was just putting on a show to get a flag for the hit. When his act didn’t work he jumped up and ran over to the officials to argue like a spoiled baby….hardly any limp at all. Turtle head is just being Turtle head. Loves the attention

    • Richard Yi Rodriguez

      Are you blind, deaf, or both? Didn’t you hear the commentators? Didn’t you see the replay? Let alone the game? PM was arguing with the Refs about calling the timeout and that it was not an injury timeout thus allowing him to continue playing. If it was an injury timeout, PM would have to miss a play. That is a competitor! Either your stupid and shoot from the mouth because you have nothing better to say, or extremely jealous of not having an ELITE QB; maybe your just plain a HATER. Either way, your an idiot for making such a stupid comment.

  • berttheclock

    Aside from Manning, I must speak up about having a game manager trying to lead “my team”. Going 11 for 22 with only a 4.1 yardage average and one pick, being sacked 6 times and ending up with a QBR rating of 7.7 and an overall rating of 42 is NOT going to cut it. As a “San Francisco Niners fan”, I demand Baalke work a deal and bring back Alex Smith and bench Kaepernick. Enough is Enough.

    • berttheclock

      BTW, many posters at sfgate, this morning are bemoaning what a mistake it was to let Alex Smith leave for an unseasoned Kaepernick. However, one thing in defense of CK was the loss by concussion to Vernon Davis. After he left the game, the Niners only had 4 first downs and 65 yards. When, CK had a chance for a winning drive, he threw a pick. They, also, lost to Indy when Davis was injured. This shows the importance of a pass catching TE who can get open for the West Coast. Same thing applies to the Chiefs. When, Fasano went down, it took some time for Alex to hook up with McGrath. Thankfully, both TEs are available now. The TE in the West Coast is one of the first reads for a QB and not some wide out 40 yards down the field.

    • freshmeat62

      Bert, I’m aghast! You’re a Niners fan?

      • berttheclock

        Just love satire.

      • berttheclock

        Heh! Hey, once again, there was no sighting of one Jon Baldwin.

    • stevekozak

      I hear you!! I said this would happen last year, when Jimbo made the change.

    • kcchiefinlv

      Somehow, I knew this was coming. Kaep had a great year, not a great track record.

  • freshmeat62

    Lets everybody send Payton an aspirin w/ a note to hang on to it until after next Sunday nites game. He’s going to need it more then.

  • michael mckee

    What grinds my gears is how many chiefs fans are obsessed with media attention.who cares if a writer or analyst talks up the chiefs?”we dont get any respect” is all I see fans complaining about and I’m thinkin “you must be new at this chief fan thing”…who cares if some nobody writes a negative article.get a life people.

  • Justin Jones

    i hope the D dials it up. we have only had 1 sack in 2 weeks. that cant happen against manning. we know they will be after alex with the crappy play of our O line. we will need to keep the pressure on

    • berttheclock

      Part of that was due to, as others have written, lack of tape on both Keenum and Tuel. Sutton felt them out in the first halves of play. The Cardinals saw the tape on Keenum and sacked him 3 times, yesterday, but, he still threw 3 TDs. The Bills switched to Manuel and Pittsburgh, having tape on him, sacked him three times. The game against the Browns had far more to do with Campbell setting up very quickly and having a very quick release.

  • paul pace

    Manning will play Sunday. Although, I am not a fan of his, he is a competitor and I would be surprised if he missed one of the most important games of the season. Also, I think Kansas City’s defense will give Manning a fit all day/night long, and he will know by the end of the game that he played against a formidable defense that gives no quarter! There could be an upset in the making come Sunday night and I personally don’t care about all the people talking trash about the Chiefs. The best way to shut these pundits up is for the Chiefs to stay focused and take care of business on the field of play!!