Posted November 12, 2013

Peyton Manning reportedly cleared after MRI, ‘absolutely will play’ vs. Chiefs

AFC North, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning said he 'plans' on playing in Week 11 against the Chiefs.

Peyton Manning said he ‘plans’ on playing in Week 11 against the Chiefs. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

UPDATE (Monday, 2 p.m. ET): Peyton Manning aggravated his right high ankle sprain in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs but his latest MRI showed no new damage, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reported. A source told Klis that Manning “absolutely will play” in Week 11 against the Chiefs.


Manning, who has been dealing with a pair of sore ankles, struggled to get to his feet following a hit from Corey Liuget – the Chargers’ lineman wrapped Manning up just above the knees. The Broncos called a timeout so a limping Manning could stay in the game, and Manning took that extra moment to let the officials have it for not flagging Liuget.

“I’m pretty sore,” Manning said after his team’s 28-20 victory. “They kind of got me twice in that lower area. [I'll] get an MRI tomorrow and will know more then.”

Manning did not specify which aching area of his body actually required the MRI, but he appeared to be favoring his right knee after the collision with Liuget.

The 8-1 Broncos are about to embark on their most important stretch of games this season — two with Kansas City (one home, one away) and a visit to New England. Currently in second place in the AFC West, the Broncos need at least a split against the Chiefs to maintain any real division-title hopes.

When he was asked if he would play next week vs. the Chiefs, Manning replied: “I certainly plan on it.”

The undefeated Chiefs have run into a string of backup quarterbacks of late: Buffalo’s Jeff Tuel, Cleveland’s Jason Campbell and Houston’s Case Keenum over the previous three games, plus Ryan Fitzpatrick in an earlier matchup with Tennessee. The No. 2 QB on Denver’s roster, Brock Osweiler, has never made an NFL start and has attempted just seven regular-season passes in his career.

Assuming Manning takes the field a week from now, he could find himself under fire from a Chiefs defense that leads the league in fewest points allowed and has recorded more sacks (36) than any other D. Manning had been sacked just 11 times heading into Sunday, but the Chargers took him down twice, with Tourek Williams forcing a turnover on one occasion.

61 comments
MickHayes
MickHayes

I guess I just don't get all the Manning haters.  All the guy does is outwork every other player in the NFL, lead his team on and off the field, break records and win games.  He's polite, humble and generous with his time and money off camera.  He makes everybody around him better and he has the ability to change the outcome of a game like Jordan & Gretzky.  So what's the problem other than he's not your QB?

Brian101
Brian101

Right on George!  And then whiiiiiiiiine & complain about a late hit, not even close, sending a film in to be reviewed??  Play & shut the H up, u get about every D mn call & want the Phantoms to??  It's sprain, if u can't handle it, take a seat!!

TobyLynnJones
TobyLynnJones

I find it incredible what Peyton has done the past 2 years after his neck surgeries. I would take him over any current QB- the guy is tough. I have had 2 neck surgeries and I predicted Peyton would play again. He has proved many wrong.

George
George

Manning was bitching at the officials about who called and got charged for a timeout - not about Corey Liuget - and stated as such after the game.

Do your homework, author.

DennyCrane
DennyCrane

Good. I'd like to see Peyton take a good pounding.

x72
x72

Manning is a coward, good thing he plays now a days. Wouldn't have lasted 1 full season during the golden era.

ph019
ph019

Chiefs fan here and  I am glad Manning is ok.  You don't wish injury on anyone, let alone perhaps the greatest QB to ever play the game.  To be the best you have to play the best.  Personally, I think the teams split home/home and that it will come down to how Denver does against NE and KC vs SD and Indy.  Either way, it's possible a 13-3 team gets no home games in the playoffs...

tom83
tom83

Thank you all you Peyton haters, it onlly shows either he has beaten your team or he's on your schedule and he scares you.....suck it up .....

ChiefSeattle
ChiefSeattle

This is great news.  Now Houston, Hali, Poe & Company will get to ring his bell good and proper.

ThadPerez
ThadPerez

I didn't know the Broncos played the Chiefs on their bye-week?  Stay Clam and Proofread.

6marK6
6marK6

I cannot stand when so called professional journalists and legitimate media services refer to "Peyton" or "Tiger" or "LeBron." First and last name on first reference, last name after that. Show some objectivity and act like you are reporting something, other than joining in the cult of personality displayed by commercials and fans. 

DennyCrane
DennyCrane

I'll bet he took the time out to whine to the officials. The secret to beating PM was delivered long ago by Al Davis (to paraphrase) Peyton must go down and he must go down hard. Rattle him a few times early in the game and he can't help throwing the game away. Irsay knew this which is why he made Manning walk the plank.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Take rest, Bills put up 500 yards offense on KC. If they don't turn ball over they can beat KC without Peyton. 

ChristyHunt
ChristyHunt

The Chief's are coming for you Payton!!

DalePearl
DalePearl

I am guessing Old man Peyton is one of the QB's that believe any hit on the QB should be illegal. I guess they jut aren't football players anymore. Treat everyone like Punters and the league will be happy but you will no longer have any fans.

ToddEgan
ToddEgan

@Richard--Ramirez You're joking, right? He's having a season for the ages, and is one of the true iron-man QB's in the NFL. He missed one season because of a catastrophic set of neck surgeries but never missed games before or since. By your standard, RGIII should have retired last month.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@x72 Tied for most moronic comment of the day with Denny Crane's usual drivel...

yourmama6789
yourmama6789

@x72 You're a coward, you go play in the NFL for over a decade, and take hits from massive linemen and linebackers, shut your mouth, he's one of the highest rated quarterbacks in the NFL while he's almost 40.

George
George

@x72 Spoken like a true "keyboard coward," girlie

Cool
Cool

@x72 you like sounding loud, and obnoxious with your over the top stupid comments because......?????

DamionMosher
DamionMosher

How is he a coward. He stands in the pocket and takes very hit with out pointing and gesturing like Brady or Rodgers. So how is he a coward.? Put some proof to your moronic hater words!

DennyCrane
DennyCrane

@ph019 "Greatest"? Now there's your problem right there. He isn't even close to being "the greatest". What he's good at is padding his personal stats in pointless games. He's terrible in the post season, the worst QB in the history of the game. All the years the Colts were supposedly a "dynasty" and he has only one ring. He has as many rings as Dilfer and every Thanksgiving his brother waves two in his face. Even Irsay is willing to say he made Manning walk the plank in order to win more rings for the Colts.

KyleRoath
KyleRoath

@ph019 Much respect brotha. Not too many people in the current era respect beating the best by playing the best. I hope my Broncos beat you guys twice though! Haha.

Kenneth13
Kenneth13

@ChiefSeattle ...and then they will win a super bowl after 40 straight offseason championships ?  Lol, get real stupid

duckfan59
duckfan59

@Richard--Ramirez Yeah, that's why he made 227 consecutive starts, 'cause he's made of glass.
Do you ever grow weary of being wrong and showing everyone how stupid you are?

AaronBateman
AaronBateman

@Richard--Ramirez He has the second longest streak of consecutive games for a QB in league history.  Did you just start watching football recently?

logician999
logician999

@DennyCrane Same thing worked on Tom Brady when the Giants defeated him twice in the super bowl.  


On the other hand Irsay also watched his team lose 38 to 8 yesterday so how much of a genius could he be?

Matt82
Matt82

@DalePearl I don't know how you can say that, he has already proven to be one tough sob. I'm no Bronco's fan, but I admire Manning without a doubt. 

olansuddeth
olansuddeth

@DalePearl Did the old man complain or suggest it was a dirty hit?  He said they "kind of got him twice".  Pretty factual summary.  

Manning stayed in the game, despite a visible limp.  You know, like the tough guys of old used to do.  How you can sit there on your couch and question his toughness just baffles me.  I guess that it's easy to be a tough guy from behind your keyboard, huh?

x72
x72

@DamionMosher Stands in the pocket. LMAO. Happy feet Manning starts having a nervous breakdown a split second after he drops back. He's a loser can't wait til he gets shattered this week.

Momzie04
Momzie04

@DennyCrane By those standards Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, and Dan Marino are nothing and Jeff Hostetler, with his one Super Bowl, is Manning’s equal and Dan Marino’s superior. SMH-give me a break. 

AustinRoth
AustinRoth

@DennyCrane @ph019 As great of a QB as he is, you are correct that he is not one of the greatest. The really great ones elevate their games in the playoffs. 

Manning's track record there speaks for itself. He is not the worst ever post-season QB, though. If you linit the list to QB's with 10 or more playoff games, Warren Moon beats him out with a .300 record, followed by Marino with a .444. He is #3 on that list, though at .450.

duckfan59
duckfan59

@DennyCrane @ph019 You and x72 should get together over a puddin' cup in either one of your mom's basements.
We could add your IQs together and it still wouldn't add up to a comfortable room temperature.

duckfan59
duckfan59

@x72 @ChiefSeattle Congrats! You've reached a new low. Wishing someone a career-ending injury? Really? Stay classy, x72. Now you can go back to kicking puppies and pulling the wings off flies.

Kenneth13
Kenneth13

@Sportsfan18 @DennyCrane Not true...the secret to beating Alex Smith is leaving his targets wide open so that he can either under throw or overthrow them.  

yourmama6789
yourmama6789

@x72 @DamionMosher He's a loser? Someone sounds like an angry Buccaneers fan. Do your homework high school drop out, he's having a fantastic season. Get a life, criticizing winners at life from your loser post in your mom's basement.  

duckfan59
duckfan59

@x72 @DamionMosher He played 227 consecutive games without missing a start. Coward? Not even close.
I guess those "happy feet" haven't kept him from throwing 33 TD passes thru 9 games (tied w/Brady for most ever thru 9 games) and leading his team to an 8-1 record.
I'm not even a Broncos fan but I know stupid when I see it and x72 you fit the criteria.
I'm sure you're quite brave and (think you're) clever when typing on your keyboard from your mom's basement.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@AustinRoth @DennyCrane @ph019 Playoff record? Riiiight. Brady won while 'game managing' but can't win another at the height of his powers. It's a team game, fool. Manning is the greatest, and those that understand more than just the surface optics of football know that fact.

Tom52
Tom52

@duckfan59 @DennyCrane @ph019 wow what a poignant comment. I'm sure the lack of facts that you employed in your argument is sure to convince them.

Mattington144
Mattington144

@AdamCsor @Marsh the Great @olansuddeth @DalePearl 

ALL of you are wrong.  Manning didn't complain about the hit at all.  He complained to the refs that McCoy had called timeout and that it should negate the injury timeout.  But they gave the Chargers the timeout back after they saw Manning was slow to get up.

AdamCsor
AdamCsor

@Marsh the Great @olansuddeth @DalePearl This argument only works if you think every personal foul is dirty.  I don't agree.  I think dirty goes beyond just being flagged (i.e., it results in a fine later in the week).  Manning clearly thought the hit deserved a flag.  I disagree with him, but to me that doesn't necessarily mean he thought the hit was dirty or a fineable offense.