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NFL Notes: Broncos, Browns, Packers, & Rams

Broncos

Broncos QB Peyton Manning said he thought he was healthy enough to play, but that may have been overly optimistic.

“I thought I felt good enough to play. Maybe that was wrong,” Manning said, per James Palmer. “I thought I was good enough to help the team and ended up hurting the team.

  • Following Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs, Broncos HC Gary Kubiak said of the quarterback position moving forward: “Peyton’s our quarterback. If Peyton is healthy and ready to go, he’s our quarterback.” (Nicki Jhabvala)
  • Kubiak took the blame for playing manning, saying he had a rib injury: “I think I made a bad decision.” (Troy Renck)

Browns

Browns HC Mike Pettine said QB Johnny Manziel played the best game of his career on Sunday, but still wouldn’t name him the team’s starter for Week 12.

That’s accurate (that it was his best game),’‘ Pettine said, via theCleveland Plain Dealer. “Against a pretty good defense, he took some hits and stood in the pocket and made some throws. He got out of the pocket and made some throws. He did a good with the protection. He was very much in tune with the plan, the protection, he knew for the most part where to go with the ball. Unfortunately we didn’t get the result, but if you just look at it individually I think he took a big step forward.’

Packers

Packers HC Mike McCarthy told reporters after Sunday’s loss to the Lions that he’s not considering the idea of reclaiming play-calling duties, despite the team’s obvious struggles.

I don’t think it’s that simple,” McCarthy explained, via ESPN.com. “I don’t think the game of football is ever that simple. I think the way you play, it is about the simplistic nature you go about – fundamentals and so forth. There’s a lot of time [and] energy that’s put into the process of preparing for each and every game, let alone the season. I like the way our staff works, and I like the way they work with our players.

Rams