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Peyton Manning reportedly played with torn right quad for past month

The Kansas City Star

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was sacked by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden during the second half of Sunday’s AFC Divisional game, which the Colts won 24-13.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was sacked by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden during the second half of Sunday’s AFC Divisional game, which the Colts won 24-13. The Associated Press

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning apparently wasn’t completely healthy in his latest early exit from the playoffs.

Manning played with a torn right quadriceps for the last month, ESPN reported Monday.

Sunday’s 24-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, his former team, in the AFC Divisional game was one of the worst playoff games of Manning’s career. He threw for 211 yards and a touchdown on 26 of 46 passing.

According to ESPN, Manning was just six of 21 for 107 yards on passes that traveled more than 5 yards.

Manning reportedly suffered the injury late in the first half in the Broncos’ win over the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 14 and tried to keep it a secret. He had just three TDs and six interceptions in December.

After saying last month that he planned to return for an 18th season, Manning seemed unsure after Sunday’s loss.

“I guess I just can’t give that simple answer,” Manning said. “I’m processing it. So, I can’t say that.”

Each of his three seasons in Denver has ended in humbling losses, to the Ravens in 2012 and Colts at home after first-round byes, and to Seattle in last year’s Super Bowl.

Overall, he’s 11-13 in the postseason.

Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck, the top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft after Manning’s departure from the Colts, has Indy one win away from its first Super Bowl since 2009.

Luck completed 27 of 43 passes for 265 yards with two TDs and two interceptions Sunday.

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