A few weeks ago, I wrote something about Peyton Manning. I pointed out that for the last month, Manning hasn’t been the same. I ascertained that he injured himself sometime after the San Diego game.
He has been listed on the Denver’s injury report as having a thigh injury, but only missed one practice. He suffered the injury against the St. Louis Rams. The injury report was pretty vague as it only listed Manning as having a ‘thigh injury.’
Well, it turns out Manning tore right quad and has been playing injured since. The Broncos have relied on running back C.J. Anderson more and more down the stretch.
Quad injuries can be quite painful. Quarterbacks with the injury get no power behind their throws. It explains why many have wondered what happened to Manning’s arm strength.
Denver has a lot of question marks going into next season. The Broncos and head coach John Fox parted ways after four seasons. Also, Denver has a ton of free agents hitting the open market. Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas are all unrestricted free agents this offseason. They will not be able to keep all three and stay under the salary cap.
Many wonder if Manning has played his last game in Denver. He still has some gas left in the tank, but the quad injury made him look pretty bad down the stretch. He wasn’t able to hit the home run and had to dink and dunk the last month.
Do you think Manning will retire?
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.