Denver Broncos‘ fans had quite a scare Sunday afternoon when Peyton Manning limped up after receiving a hit from below the knee towards the end of the Broncos’ victory over the San Diego Chargers. He ended up finishing the game, but as he was walking off the injury we saw Brock Osweiler take a few center exchanges during the time out. Luckily, Manning was able to finish the game, but fans were holding their breath hoping the worst did not happen.
Fortunately the MRI revealed that it was just an aggravation of an ankle sprain that he suffered against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will end up playing this weekend’s huge showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs, but what if that happens again? What if Manning gets hit and will not be able to get up, especially against the Chiefs’ pass rush? How would Osweiler play if he is thrown into the fire?
For fans who saw the game the Broncos played against the Philadelphia Eagles, Osweiler came into the game for the remainder of the fourth quarter and held his own. He even showed some flashes of good plays during the preseason. But how will he play against teams at their best in a tight game? Learning under Manning for a couple seasons now, I believe Osweiler would be okay. It might be challenging for him and the juggernaut offense might take a small hit with a new quarterback at the helm, but I believe Osweiler has the ability to learn the offense quickly and perhaps if thrown into the fire he could adjust well.
Broncos’ fans will definitely monitor Manning’s status this week, hoping he can get the ankle well enough for it to be of at least a minor problem before suiting up. But there is a good chance that Osweiler could be of help in case the time comes a bit earlier than he anticipated.