Manning injured both of his ankles against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6, as noted by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, who said, "He's much better today than he was a week ago":
Still, it was alarming when the veteran gunslinger sat out of practice on Wednesday to rest his ankles. Many veteran players around the league routinely miss practice every week, but Manning isn't usually one of them.
However, the rest appears to have been incredibly beneficial.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports noted on Sunday morning that Manning had incredible practices on Thursday and Friday leading up to the game:
“He was throwing absolute darts on Thursday and Friday,” one teammate said. “In the Jacksonville game he got hit a lot early and he's been knocked around a lot the past couple of weeks, but anytime you ask him how he's doing you know what he's going to say -- ‘Fine.' That's how he is. He's so tough. But for as much as he's been knocked around, he looked great once he got back to practice this week.”
Manning isn't a mobile quarterback, which significantly mitigates these particular injuries. It also appears any soreness he's feeling isn't affecting his ability to get his talented receivers the football.
For the most part, it's not a good thing for the Broncos if he has to scramble in the first place. He does his damage from the pocket, which hasn't been particularly warm and cozy of late.
The future Hall of Famer struggled through his worst game of the season last Sunday night in his return to Lucas Oil Stadium. He completed just 59.2 percent of his passes and threw a costly interception in a losing cause.
He also passed for 386 yards and three touchdowns, however, making fantasy owners happy—just as he's done all season long. For the year, Manning has thrown for 2,565 yards with 25 touchdowns and just three interceptions—good for a passer rating of 123.3.
The Washington Redskins should give Manning a reprieve this weekend. Washington features a porous secondary that has given up 263 passing yards per game, 11 total passing touchdowns and has allowed opposing quarterbacks to register a passer rating of 102.1.
He'll have a huge game at home, passing for well over 300 yards with three-plus touchdowns, leading his team to another victory to wrap up the first half of the season with a record of 7-1.
From there, the Broncos have a bye in Week 9, during which time Manning will rest up and prepare his mind and body for the second-half push toward the playoffs.
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