According to Mike Klis of 9NEWS Denver, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will sit out the team's preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday.
Peyton Manning to sit out in Seattle http://t.co/yqSFMN6q5k via @9News #9News #9Sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 13, 2015
Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters after practice that he was going to figure out which players would be and would not be playing Friday after meeting with them.
"You know, I'm going to go up and talk about that right now. Obviously, we have some guys with some nicks that have missed some time that we have to make some decisions on. We have a few guys that we'll talked about that have a lot of birthdays, so we'll talk about them too. We'll wait and see, but we're fixing to go do that right now."
Kubiak has made his decision. Manning, and probably a handful of other veterans will sit out Friday's game against the Seahawks.
I believe this was a pretty obvious decision for the coaches. Playing Manning on the road against the team that had the number one defense last season wasn't an ideal situation. Continue to rest him and keep him fresh for the regular season.
This means that quarterback Brock Osweiler will see the vast majority of snaps at quarterback Friday. These will be some very important reps for Osweiler who is in the final year of his rookie contract. Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway said at the beginning of Training Camp that he and coaches were going to evaluate Osweiler during the Training Camp and Preseason before making a decision on Osweiler future with the team.
"We’ll evaluate him through training camp and evaluate him through preseason. I think that he got a lot of reps this offseason and we saw what he could do in practice, so we’ll do the best we can to try to evaluate him. We’ll cross that road when we get there."
Osweiler's first test will be a tough one. On the road in Seattle against the 12th man and the tough Seahawks defense.