Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s recovery from a plantar-fascia tear had a setback Friday when he had to sit out practice with soreness in his left foot. Manning returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since Nov. 15, and was able to throw again on Thursday.
“He came in this morning and was a little sore, so we just said, ‘OK, we’ll stop for the weekend and go from there,'” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said after practice Friday. “We’ll pick back up Monday.”
The Broncos have gone 3-1 with Brock Osweiler as the starter, and Manning was not being considered to start this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He threw 17 interceptions in his nine starts and was struggling to throw downfield even before the Nov. 15 game that saw him pulled after throwing four interceptions in a loss to Kansas City.
Osweiler threw for 308 yards last week against Oakland, but the Broncos were held to four first-half field goals. However his third-quarter fumble in the end zone led to a safety that played an important role in the Raiders’ 15-12 victory.
The earliest Manning might return would be Denver’s home game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 28, but unless Osweiler struggles badly down the stretch, he’s expected to finish the season as the starter.