By Rich Kurtzman
Peyton Manning is nearly invincible. When he was with the Indianapolis Colts, Manning started an incredible 208 straight games before missing the 2011 season due to his multiple neck fusion surgeries. And since he joined the Denver Broncos in 2012, the all-time great quarterback has started all 54 contests, which includes postseason play.
But last week, we all saw how human No. 18 is. Manning was forced to take multiple IVs to compete due to his stomach flu, and he left the field early before the first half was over to get more treatment in the locker room. That, and a bruised thigh, left Brock Osweiler to play during Denver’s two-minute drive. It was desperation in the Mile High City as Osweiler nearly threw an interception on his first throw. Manning did come back into the game to lead the Broncos to a victory over the San Diego Chargers, which clinched the AFC West for a fourth straight time, but that thigh is still bothering him, as the team listed him as “questionable.”
Also “questionable” is his second favorite receiver, Emmanuel Sanders. Apparently, Sanders has that same flu that Manning had last week, which kept him out of practice on Thursday and Friday, though he was limited on Saturday. It should be noted that both Manning and Sanders will likely play, as each are true competitors.
Another important offensive player in Ryan Clady is “questionable” with a thigh injury, which is key since tackles use those muscles every time they get into their stance. Clady is a crucial player because he protects Manning’s blindside and is the best offensive lineman on the team. If he can’t go, expect to see Ryan Clark in at left tackle for him.
Finally, the Broncos will be without linebacker Brandon Marshall, who injured his foot in the win in San Diego. Marshall leads the team in tackles and has filled in well for Danny Trevathan, who was placed on the Injured Reserve this week. Without Marshall or Trevathan, multiple youngsters in Larmin Barrow and Corey Nelson are expected to step into the role.
Take a look at the complete injury report below:
- Running back C.J. Anderson (ankle)
- Tackle Chris Clark (back)
- Wide receiver Cody Latimer (concussion)
- Center Will Montgomery (knee)
- Tight end Jacob Tamme (rib cage)
- Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle)
- Tight end Julius Thomas (ankle)
- Tackle Ryan Clady (thigh)
- Running back Ronnie Hillman (foot)
- Quarterback Peyton Manning (thigh)
- Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (illness)
- Running back Juwan Thompson (hip/knee)
- Cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder)
- Tackle Paul Cornick (toe)
- Linebacker Brandon Marshall (foot)
- Defensive end Carlos Dunlap (calf)
- Wide receiver A.J. Green (illness)
- Tight end Jermaine Gresham (toe)
- Defensive end Margus Hunt (ankle)
- Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (achilles)
- Tackle Marshall Newhouse (illness)
- Cornerback Terence Newman (ankle)
- Guard Mike Pollak (knee)
- Wide receiver Tre Brandon (illness)
- Tackle Andrew Whitworth (Vet Day)
- Quarterback A.J. McCarron (illness)
- Wide receiver James Wright (knee)
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Rich Kurtzman is a Denver native, Colorado State University alumnus, sports nerd, athletics enthusiast, and competition junkie. Currently writing for a multitude of websites while working on books, one on the history of the Denver Broncos and Mile High Stadium. Rich is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.