Broncos: Manning out at least two more weeks

Denver announced Tuesday the plantar fascia tear that kept Peyton Manning out of two straight starts will keep him sidelined at least two more weeks.

Foot specialist Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. recommended that Manning wear a walking cast for at least the next week and then undergo additional rehabilitation after the case is removed, the Denver Post reported.

“Peyton and I had a good visit today, and we’ve got a plan in place for his recovery,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “His foot will be in a cast for at least a week, but he’ll be able to be part of meetings and do some workouts with the rest of the team.”

Manning’s torn plantar fascia in his left foot prevents him from stepping into his throws. Kubiak said on Monday he’s not necessarily worried that Manning would need surgery or that his season is over.

Kubiak told the team Monday that Brock Osweiler would start again next weekend when the Broncos (8-2) face the New England Patriots (10-0), who toppled the Buffalo Bills 20-13 on Monday night.

Manning stayed back in Denver when the Broncos beat the Bears 17-15 in Chicago, snapping a two-game losing streak.

In his first NFL start, Osweiler, Manning’s longtime backup, completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the first turnover-free game of the season for the Broncos.

Manning didn’t practice or attend meetings last week as he received treatment on his left foot, bruised ribs and sore throwing shoulder, injuries that sidelined him at midseason for the first time in his 18-year career. He did miss all of 2011 after spinal fusion surgery before joining the Broncos as a free agent following his release from Indianapolis.

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