As expected, Manning took part in his first on-field work since he was benched against the Chiefs last month after suffering a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. The veteran QB ran the scout team for Denver.
Osweiler hasn't been perfect, but Sunday's collapse against the Raiders doesn't sit on his shoulders alone. It would take an especially poor performance to flip back to Manning, who was painfully underwhelming prior to his exit from the lineup.
Kubiak finds himself in a delicate situation, but the Broncos can't afford to thrust Manning back onto the field as a simple show of respect. If they believe Osweiler gives them a better shot to run the offense and delve deep into January, the choice is clear.