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Manning Out of Walking Boot; Is He the Starter When Ready?

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took a first step toward returning to practice with the removal of the cast from his left foot on Wednesday. He remains in a walking boot, which could come off as soon as Friday, followed by rehabilitation then practice, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is focused on Manning’s health, remaining non-committal about his role when he is able to return.

“You said that,” said Kubiak when asked if Manning will start instead of Brock Osweiler when Manning is healthy. “We are getting ready for San Diego. It’s boot, rehab, boot comes off and we get him back on the field and get him back to work. We are getting ready to play San Diego, and Brock is our starting quarterback this week.”

Kubiak refuted a Bleacher Report story that the Broncos have committed to Osweiler for the remainder of the season. Osweiler said he has not been told of his status beyond this week. The Broncos boast a 2-0 record with Osweiler, who has thrown four touchdown passes and two interceptions in 10 quarters. Manning guided the Broncos to a 7-2 record with nine touchdown passes and 17 interceptions before exiting on Nov. 16 with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.

“I didn’t know anything about that (story). Like I told you guys before. We are totally committed to getting our quarterback healthy and getting him back. Nothing has changed. Nothing has changed with where we are heading this week. Brock is our starter. And we are all in, getting ready for San Diego,” Kubiak said. “We are week to week, doing everything we can to win this football game. Nothing has changed.”

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