Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder injury isn't expected to restrict the playbook, but how much will he throw the ball down the field? For Denver, Peyton Manning threw just nine passes in his Week 17 appearance in relief. How healthy is he really? Will he be the quarterback who threw 17 interceptions in just nine starts or a healthy surgeon?
"One thing you got to realize, back when they got their bye week, he got some rest," Wayne said. "And he came in and he played Green Bay and tore Green Bay up for 340 yards. So now you are looking at him, he has probably about eight and a half weeks worth of rest. So I feel like he's going to come in fresh, he's going to come in ready and I think he has the pedigree to take it to the next level for this team."
Manning's best game of the season came off that bye week, with those 340 yards and a 72.4 completion percentage on 29 passes, but he also threw an interception and had zero touchdowns in that contest.
We know that Manning dealt with the foot injury for months before he sat out in mid-November. The question is whether those eight weeks off were enough to nullify the ailment. And if he is healthy enough, will the old man show any signs of rust after the long in-season layoff?