Not only did the Denver Broncos and the fans lose their head coach, John Fox, to health issues this past week, but they almost lost their star quarterback as he went down in the fourth quarter Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
His ankle has been bothering him for some time now, placing him on mid-week injury reports since week 7. Though that didn’t stop him from getting up, hobbling over to the referee, and arguing with him over a timeout call.
“It killed me that we took the timeout,” Manning said. “I saw them call timeout, so I was going to take a moment to kind of get it together and then they stuck us with a timeout. I was arguing with the ref over that. I hated to make us call a timeout.”
Although he says he is pretty sore, he also said he plans to play the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. We can only hope. Without Peyton Manning, Denver’s offense would look excruciatingly close to how the Green Bay Packers looked without Aaron Rodgers this week, and the Kansas City defense would eat the Broncos alive.
There is no definite word on whether or not coach John Fox will be back on the field for the division match-up on Sunday either. After the win at San Diego, the game ball was presented to the coach, who is recovering in his Charlotte home.
“He sent a lot of the players a text this morning wishing us luck. I talked to him Saturday before we got on the plane to fly out here,” Manning said, jokingly adding, “I told him not to be yelling at me during the game, that’s not good for his blood pressure.”
“Although I’m eager to return to coaching, my No. 1 focus is my health,” Fox said after being released from the hospital on Friday. “I believe in our players and have full confidence in Jack Del Rio and our staff.”
I have full confidence in Del Rio and that Manning will be on the field come Sunday. However, the Denver Broncos have a tough three weeks ahead of them. First with the Chiefs visiting, then they head to Foxborough to take on Tom Brady, and then to Arrowhead to face the Chiefs again.
So wash those jerseys and stick to your superstitions. The one time I didn’t wear my Champ Bailey jersey this year, we lost to the Colts.
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