- According to Schefter, Manning was battling plantar fasciitis during Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs, which worsened throughout the game.
- Schefter adds that Manning has a partial tear, which is more painful to play through.
Following the game, Manning appeared to be reluctant to place the blame for his poor showing that led to him being benched on an injury.
“I have a really hard time using that as any type of excuse,” Manning said, via Pro Football Talk. “I had some injuries during the week. [Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos] and the training staff worked overtime to get me to feeling like I thought like I could go out there and play. Obviously, you have to give a lot of feedback yourself, and I felt good enough to go out there and play. If you look back on it now, I have a hard time saying that’s why I played badly. Could that be the reason? I guess it always could be. But to me, that’s an easy way out. That’s kind of an easy line to say after the fact. So I was very honest with [Antonopulos] and coach Kubiak that I felt like I could go. I wanted to go, I wanted to be out there for the team. I did feel like we had some guys down, with [Aqib] Talib down and DeMarcus [Ware] down, and weren’t really sure Emmanuel [Sanders] was going to be able to play. So I wanted to be out there. I was as honest with them with the feedback as I could give them, and certainly did not play well and am disappointed about that.”
Broncos HC Gary Kubiak took the blame for how things went with Manning, saying: “I’m disappointed in myself. I probably should have made the decision not to play [Manning].”
Manning finished the game 5-of-20 for 34 yards and four interceptions before he was replaced by Brock Osweiler.
Manning, 39, is in the fourth year of his five-year, $96 million contract that included $18 million guaranteed. He’ll make base salaries of $15 million in 2015 and another $19 million next year.
On the season, Manning has thrown for 2,180 yards while completing 59.9 percent of his passes to go along with nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions.