As expected, Gary Kubiak announced on Monday that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will rest this week against the Chicago Bears, and Brock Osweiler will start. Manning will not practice and will be inactive, meaning the Broncos will activate third-string QB Trevor Siemian this week, Kubiak said.
Kubiak echoed earlier comments that Manning is Denver's starting quarterback if healthy and that this move was intended to rest Manning and get him healthy.
It will be Osweiler's first career start.
Kubiak said he spent an hour meeting with Manning today. Doesn't seem like Manning agreed with the decision, but understands it.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) November 16, 2015
Kubiak: "This is a little bit different for him [Osweiler], but I know he'll do a great job in his preparation."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 16, 2015
Kubiak on Osweiler: "He went in there and played with a lot of confidence. ... I know he'll do a great job."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) November 16, 2015
Kubiak said "the grind of the season" has worn Manning down.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 16, 2015