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Is Peyton Manning’s Career Over?

Submitted by on November 17, 2015 – 10:53 amNo Comment

Back in September, we asked the question, “Is Peyton Manning Washed Up?” after he got off to a very slow start to the 2015-16 NFL season. He quickly shut us—and everyone else—up by putting together a string of solid starts for the Denver Broncos and punctuated it with a dominating performance against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. It was clear that Manning still had more than enough gas left in the tank following the game against Aaron Rodgers. However, now we’re right back to where we started after his terrible performance against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, which featured him throwing four interceptions. Is the end near?

In September, Manning didn’t look great, but he found ways to do just enough to get the job done. That’s not the case anymore. On Sunday, he looked like a shell of his former self, and he was unable to throw the ball more than about 30 yards down the field. The Chiefs didn’t look concerned at all about playing the deep ball, and they were able to make Manning look very human as a result of it. Additionally, the Broncos revealed that Manning is currently dealing with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot on Monday, which is going to make life even more difficult for him. Reports have also indicated that he may be dealing with a rib issue and a slew of other health-related problems that are going to limit him on the field.

With all of that in mind, is it about time for Manning to admit that the end is near? Further, should he back off and let his backup Brock Osweiler lead the Broncos for the remainder of the season? At this point, Manning has to do whatever he can to get as healthy as possible so that he can give it one more go with the Broncos. Despite their loss on Sunday, the team is still 7-2 and has a three-game lead in their division. So if nothing else, Manning should be preparing himself to make one more playoff run. The Broncos have the defense in place to help him, and there are still things that he can do on the field despite his obvious limitations. He just needs to get back on the field to do them.

Beyond this year, though, it doesn’t look good for Manning. It’s been a great run for him, but his time in the NFL is clearly coming to an end. Let’s just hope that end doesn’t come sooner than we all think it will.

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