You've heard the rumors about Peyton Manning. Reports indicated that he plans to play in 2016, even if it's not with the Broncos. But coach Gary Kubiak said on Monday that those rumors are "totally false," in addition to stating that Manning will miss another game due to injury (Brock Osweiler will get a second consecutive start).
The rumors surrounding Manning don't add up, according to the team's senior digital reporter, Andrew Mason. Additionally, Mason says that none of the rumors are coming from Manning himself:
Too much rumor. Not enough fact. You know who I bet is most angry about the rumors? Peyton Manning himself. NONE of this is coming from him.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 23, 2015
It's probably best to enjoy the ride with Osweiler and hope for the best for Manning. If he becomes healthy enough to play again in 2015, perhaps he will. But Denver will cross that bridge when they come to it—right now it's Brock's time to shine.
With that in mind, it's certainly not time to be thinking about 2016. Manning doesn't know if he'll come back, and he doesn't need to. He needs to focus on getting healthy. The Broncos need to focus on winning with Osweiler.
These rumors will be addressed in due time.
In the meantime, enjoy the ride, Broncos Country.
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