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Report: Peyton Manning not helping Brock Osweiler prep for start


Peyton Manning reportedly isn’t involved at all in helping Brock Osweiler prepare for his first career start. But the decision apparently wasn’t up to the veteran Denver Broncos signal-caller.

Manning earlier this week was declared out for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears due to a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. NFL Media’s James Palmer reported on “TNF Gameday” that Manning hasn’t been seen at practices nor has he attended any meetings this week. Further, he reportedly “hasn’t had a single conversation about Sunday’s game plan” with Osweiler, per the report.

The decision to remove Manning entirely from the equation reportedly comes from Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, who would rather have the veteran quarterback focus entirely on his recovery and avoid any distractions to that end.

Palmer adds that he’s spoken with more than two dozen Broncos players and not one of them have any idea when Manning is expected to return, nor do they know the extent of his injuries. Adding to the confusion is the reports that Manning underwent an MRI on his rib cage earlier in the week, although the results were reportedly negative.

All that aside, one would assume that utilizing someone with the expertise, intellect and insight of Manning assist in preparing a quarterback for his first career start would be of great benefit. But it appears that it wasn’t Manning’s decision to make, so it would be unfair to presume he wasn’t willing to help.

Manning, who was benched after throwing four interceptions during a win over the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, reportedly may not even make the trip to Chicago for Sunday’s game. The report indicates, though, that Manning and Kubiak will meet Monday to discuss his potential availability for a Nov. 29 showdown with the New England Patriots.