Report: Brock Osweiler to start vs. Bengals, Peyton Manning inactive
Brock Osweiler reportedly will hold on to the Denver Broncos starting quarterback job for at least one more week.
The Denver Post’s Troy E. Renck reports that Osweiler will receive the starting nod in Monday night’s showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals and that Peyton Manning likely once again will be declared inactive, evidently because his injured left foot still needs more time to heal. Manning reportedly will not practice Wednesday despite his desire to do so, but his torn plantar fascia is proving to be too much to overcome at this point.
Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak reportedly notified the team of the seemingly unavoidable decision to start Osweiler Wednesday morning. The decision reportedly came after conversations between Kubiak and Manning earlier this week, according to the team’s official site.
The young quarterback impressed early on while replacing the injured Manning, leading the Broncos to three consecutive wins.
But the team’s inability to score in the second half after staking themselves leads early on — including a 14-point lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers at the half last Sunday — haven’t prevented the team to drop two straight. In fact, the Broncos have failed to score a single point in the second half in three consecutive games.
Despite currently sitting as the second seed in the AFC, an appearance by the Broncos (10-4) in the postseason surprisingly is all but assured, especially with the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs breathing down their necks in the AFC West.
The Broncos, regardless of who would have been starting under center, will face a stiff test in the Bengals, who will be starting their own backup, A.J. McCarron.
Amid the news that Manning will miss his sixth consecutive game due to injuries came reports that he was unwilling to be Osweiler’s backup when he returns to health, allegations the veteran signal-caller vehemently denied, calling them “bulls–t and insulting.”
Either way, it appears that issue won’t come to a head until Week 17 at the earliest.