ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who has not played since Nov. 15, finished up what Broncos coach Gary Kubiak called a "really good week'' of work with a Saturday morning throwing session with the team's strength and conditioning staff.
Manning, who has a tear in the plantar fascia near his left heel, had returned to practice for two days leading up to last weekend's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers but had experienced soreness in the foot and the Broncos held him out of practice the Friday before their loss in Pittsburgh as well as this week. Manning, instead, did morning throwing sessions when the remainder of the team attended meetings.
Kubiak attended Manning's throwing session Saturday but had viewed the others on video.
"[Manning] worked really hard this morning conditioning-wise and throwing wise,'' Kubiak said after the team's practice Saturday. "It was good. They were all good workouts this week. He probably worked harder [Saturday] than he did the other two days in all honesty, but it was a good workout.''
Manning's workout schedule did not change this week, but he had said Wednesday that Saturday's workout was "big" -- which some interpreted as more important, when Kubiak actually meant it would be a full conditioning workout in addition to throwing.
"I know. I need to shut up,'' Kubiak said with a smile Saturday.
The Broncos play the Cincinnati Bengals Monday night, so it is expected Kubiak as well as Manning and the team's medical staff will decide Tuesday whether the 39-year-old will make another attempt to return to practice in the coming week. The Broncos finish out the regular season Jan. 3 against the San Diego Chargers.
Asked Saturday whether he could say Manning would practice with the team next week, Kubiak said:
"We had a good week. Let's go from there ... It's just, 'Let's go, let's have a good week, let's work,' and that's what he did. I won't go beyond that.''
The Broncos are 3-2 in Brock Osweiler's starts. Manning has not participated in a full practice since Nov. 13.