After consulting with medical staff from the team, Gary Kubiak the head coach of the Denver Broncos said on Friday that Peyton Manning the veteran quarterback and DeMarcus Ware an outside linebacker will not travel with the team for their game this weekend at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The Broncos take on the Bears Sunday but Ware and Manning will be spending at least some of their weekend at the Broncos complex in the Denver with a member of the training staff for Denver who will not travel to Chicago either.
Rehab will continue to be the focus for both DeMarcus and Peyton and the best way to do that is keeping them from traveling to help them get healthier quicker, said Kubiak.
The head trainer and Kubiak made the decision to hold the two star players from traveling to Chicago.
Kubiak said that Manning did come onto the practice field for a short period on Friday during the team’s last practice before flying to Chicago, but stood with Kubiak and watched the offense.
Kubiak on Monday told Manning that his backup Brock Osweiler would start Sunday in Chicago and that the veteran Manning would use the entire week to concentrate on his treatment from the medical staff of the team for both his left foot and rib injuries.
Earlier in the month, the training staff also treated Manning for an injured right shoulder but that has healed.
Sunday will be the first Broncos game that Manning has not started since he signed as a free agent in 2012 after leaving the Indianapolis Colts following an entire season where he sat out due to neck surgery.
The streak Manning holds of consecutive starts ends at 57, but is still the franchise record. Other than missing the entire 2011 season to the neck surgery, Manning never missed a start during 17 other NFL seasons.
Sunday will be Ware’s second straight game on the sidelines due to an injured back.
Manny was at the Broncos training facilities each day this week for treatments, but did not partake in any meetings of quarterbacks or for the offense.
Kubiak stressed repeatedly that this week was strictly rehab for home Ware and Manning with a total commitment to get them healthy and back onto the field as soon as possible.
Next Monday, Kubiak and Manning will meet to determine if the veteran will attempt a return to practice.
After the Broncos play Chicago on November 22, they will face New England on November 29.