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Peyton Manning inactive vs. Bengals; Broncos announce Brock Osweiler will start

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The Denver Broncos are continuing with Plan B - Plan Brock, that is. Peyton Manning will be inactive in Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals as he continues to recover from a partial plantar fascia tear in his foot. Brock Osweiler will get his sixth NFL start.

Furthermore, Peyton Manning is not expected to practice Wedneday, a sign that he may not be ready for Week 17 either.

As the season moves along, the prospect of Peyton eventually reemerging as starting quarterback looks more and more dire. Manning returned to practice Wednesday and Thursday last week but missed practice Friday and now Wednesday; it appears he has suffered a setback. Furthermore, Manning told The Denver Post this week that he won't be 100% this season, and a ProFootballTalk.com report surfaced suggesting Manning may need surgery in the offseason.

Instead of hoping for Manning to come back, Broncos fans may be better served in hoping that Brock Osweiler learns how to play in both halves of an NFL game by the time the playoffs roll around. If the Broncos make the playoffs.