"He's really had this foot problem that's been going on for five or six months," Archie Manning told WDSU-TV in New Orleans on Thursday.
If Manning believes his disappointing season can be attributed to injury rather than diminished talent level, perhaps he will consider playing at age 40 next season.
"He's not going to think about retirement right now," Archie added. "He's trying to get well. He wants to get well. He's got a team there that's in the middle of a playoff run he wants to help. If he gets back on the field, he wants to be ready."