Even though quarterback Peyton Manning will sit out a second consecutive game this Sunday due to a torn plantar fascia, sources have told Jay Glazer of Fox Sports that the plan is for him to be able to return to action in Week 15 when the Denver Broncos play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
Currently, Brock Osweiler is quarterbacking the Broncos, who will host the undefeated New England Patriots on Sunday. Last week, Osweiler started in place of an injured Manning and completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
Depending on what transpires over the course of the next few weeks, the meeting between the Steelers and Broncos could be critical for both teams and especially if the Broncos let the Kansas City Chiefs draw even closer to them in the AFC West division race.
Additionally, as of right now, the Broncos are the No. 3 seed in the AFC and the Cincinnati Bengals are ahead of them with an identical 8-2 record. The Broncos will play the Bengals in week 16.
Manning hasn’t necessarily played well this season and if Osweiler continues to win games with the future Hall of Famer sidelined, the team certainly will have an interesting decision to make once the veteran is healthy enough to play again.
During his career, Manning is 3-1 against the Steelers in the regular season and he completed 62.6% of his passes for 1,042 yards in those four games.