Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was at full speed on Friday despite dealing with an ankle injury that kept him from throwing the football at practice on Wednesday.
Manning took a few more hits than he is used to on his return to Indianapolis, the Colts were able to bring him down 4 times, a feat that no one has been able to achieve on Manning since 2007. Manning is hard to take down in the pocket because of his ability to read the defense and get rid of the ball quickly.
This season, most hits on Manning are coming from his blind side. The Broncos lost their all-pro left tackle Ryan Clady for the season and this is already proving to be troublesome for the franchise quarterback.
Injury concerns have crept up on Manning late in his career. After missing the entire 2011 season with a neck injury, it seems teams are hungry to get the 4-time MVP on the ground. Still, Manning’s ankle injury should not cause him to miss any time. He’s 2nd all-time in consecutive starts with 208 and knows how to treat smaller injuries like the one that kept him from practicing Wednesday.
The prolific 12 time pro-bowler out of Tennessee is a fantasy juggernaut. Owners should not go trading him away because of an ankle injury. Expect Manning to light up Washington during Week 8.