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Peyton Manning throws, performs drill work at Broncos practice


Peyton Manning made a step, albeit a small one, in his return from injury by throwing passes and performing drill work in a return to the practice field during Wednesday morning’s Denver Broncos practice.

“He worked out briefly,” Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said, via The Denver Post. “Did about a half hour of throwing, and went through some drill work and stuff. We’ll see. We are going day-to-day with that and see how he comes out each day. Yes, there was some work done, field work.”

Wednesday’s limited work marked the first time Manning has engaged in any practice-related activities since he left a Nov. 15 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. It was later revealed that the 39-year-old quarterback was dealing with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He also reportedly was dealing at some point with a rib injury.

The Broncos intend to be very cautious with Manning’s rehab and recovery, and their patience certainly is helped by how capably Brock Osweiler has performed in the veteran’s stead, posting a 3-0 record in his starts while throwing four touchdowns to two interceptions.

Much of the talk coming out of Denver involved whether Manning will get a chance to return as the Broncos starting quarterback even when fully healthy. But Kubiak scoffed at the notion Manning wouldn’t get his job back, saying the team is “totally committed to getting our quarterback — getting Peyton healthy and getting him back.”

Kubiak also added the team is treating the quarterback position on a “week-to-week” basis, something reinforced by how delicately the team appears to be dealing with Manning, who until last Friday remained in a boot, something that inhibited his process through rehab and prevented him from throwing.

But his ability to throw and participate in some drill work indicates he’s on the mend. How far away he is from practicing fully remains to be seen.