Everyone knows Peyton Manning has a foot injury, but what we didn’t know is, how long Peyton has been dealing with this injury.
Peyton Manning’s father, Archie told WDSU-TV in New Orleans that Peyton has actually been dealing with a partial tear in his plantar fascia since at least August.
“He’s really had this foot problem that’s been going on for five or six months,” Archie Manning said.
Everyone thought that Peyton Manning’s foot problems started after he was injured when the Broncos played the Colts on November 8. However, Manning never said or confirmed that.
While being interviewed on December 2, Peyton evaded the question when asked about when exactly his injury happened. He elusively answered and said that timelines were “irrelevant.”
“I’d been having some symptoms that I’ve been dealing with,” Manning said. “It’s been going on for a little bit of time. Timelines and all that are kind of irrelevant. It bothers me now.”
It may be that Peyton Manning didn’t want the coaches, fans, trainers or anyone else to know what his dad told us this week- that Peyton has been injured all season.
Archie Manning also told WDSU-TV in the interview that him and Peyton had talked about Peyton’s retirement and about when Peyton should retire from football.
“We talked about it. We talked a lot about it, you know, knowing when it’s time and stepping down and so forth,” Archie said via thedenverchannel.com. “He felt good. He went back this year and he struggled again with injury.
“He’s not going to think about retirement right now,” said Archie Manning. “He’s trying to get well. He wants to get well. He’s got a team there that’s in a playoff run and he wants to help. If he gets back on the field, he wants to be ready.”
Peyton has not been on the field as quarterback since losing to the Chiefs back on November 15th and has been struggling all season. So far this season, Manning has thrown for nine touchdowns, but has had 17 interceptions and has only completed 60 percent of his passes for the first time since his rookie season in 1998.
Will Peyton play next season. According to Archie Manning, Peyton is not thinking about next season at all. He wants to concentrate on getting his foot healed and be able to play in the playoffs if he gets a chance.
“Peyton’s got plenty of sense, so when everything’s done at the end of the year he’ll sit down and make a decision,” Archie said. “Whatever he does, Peyton will attack it. If he steps down, he’ll find something else and go after it. If he wants to play some more, he’ll go after it.”
Brock Osweiler will start in Manning’s place on Sunday when the Broncos play the Steelers, and keep starting as long as Peyton continues to recover from his injury.