Report: Peyton Manning Suffered A Partially Torn Quad In Week 15


Update: Jan. 12 at 11:06 a.m. CT

According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, Peyton Manning was hampered by a deep bruise in his other quad as well.

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On the heels of the Denver Broncos’ loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Peyton Manning’s health served as the elephant in the room. A day later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed widespread suspicions, reporting that the future Hall of Famer tore his right quad in Week 15’s win over the San Diego Chargers:

Obviously, Manning has never had a rocket launcher for a right arm. That being said, his velocity has noticeably regressed over the past month.

CBS’ Vic Lombardi, however, disputes that it was a complete tear:

He also hinted that Denver players had known about the injury long before this weekend:

Manning’s on-field woes began well before Week 15. Two weeks prior, he completed only 17 of 34 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns versus the Kansas City Chiefs, which, by No. 18’s standards, was a subpar outing.

Could this spell the end of Manning’s career and the start of the Osweiler era? And even if the former returns to the field, will some of his weapons (Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker, etc.) be compelled to stay in Denver?

For the first time in a long time, Kansas City’s rival has a nervous stomach entering the offseason.