Peyton Manning was terrible in perhaps the final game of his career, completing just 26-of-46 yards for a meek 211 yards in a stunning home defeat against the Colts Sunday. Manning had no accuracy downfield all game, and missed badly on his short passes, too.
And now here come the excuses.
Peyton Manning initially tore his right quad Dec. 14 in win over Chargers, per sources. MRI back in Denver confirmed tear.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2015
Funny, don’t remember seeing that one on an injury report anywhere.
[UPDATE: The Denver Broncos say he ‘strained’ his right quad, but it was never a tear. They told the Denver Post if it was torn, he would not have played.]
Must be his agent looking to silence the critics. Thing is, Manning’s played poorly for well over a month, dating back to the Kansas City road win after Thanksgiving. That’s when he started attempting fewer passes – two weeks earlier, he threw 54 passes in a road loss to St. Louis – and when he was forced to throw more (Cincinnati, Indianapolis) Manning’s arm couldn’t hold up.
So is Peyton Manning done? He’s got two years left on his contract, and is slated to make $21.5 million each of the next two years.