The team announced Tuesday that Manning is expected to miss at least the next two weeks after Monday's consultation with foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.
Manning will spend at least the next week in a walking boot. Once he sheds the boot, he will begin rehabilitation for the plantar fascia tear in his foot.
Considering the timing and severity of the injury, it's natural to wonder if Manning has played his last down in Denver.
Kubiak's postgame acknowledgement that Osweiler's mobility helped stabilize the ground attack was telling. This is the offense Kubiak wants to run, with a game manager complementing Wade Phillips' dominant defense.
Barring an Osweiler faceplant over the next three weeks, it's hard to imagine a fragile and rusty Manning making a renewed push for the starting job.
An NFL legend deserves a kinder fate. They always do.