Could we be seeing the beginning of the Brock Osweiler era in Denver?
Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning, who’s in the midst of the worst statistical season of his career, has been diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia in his right foot, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Schefter did not specify exactly when Manning suffered the injury, nor how long it will sideline him for. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and James Palmer added some additional details:
The reports came down Monday, one day after Manning threw four interceptions, completed just 5 of 20 passes and was benched in favor of Osweiler in a 29-13 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. It was the worst single-game performance of Manning’s 18-year career, and head coach Gary Kubiak said he regretted starting him.
Osweiler completed 14 of 24 passes for 146 yards in his relief appearance, throwing for one touchdown with one interception. The Arizona State product is in his fourth NFL season but entered Sunday with just 30 career pass attempts.
The Broncos, who have lost two straight after beginning the season 7-0, visit the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
UPDATE (11:58 a.m. ET): Schefter has corrected his initial report. Manning’s injury apparently is to his left foot, not his right.
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