NEW ORLEANS - Former NFL quarterback Archie Manning says his son Peyton won’t decide about his future until the end of this season.
In an interview with WDSU-TV in New Orleans, Archie said his son’s injury has been plaguing him since training camp, even though the plantar fascia tear came to light in mid-November.
“We talked about it. We talked a lot about it, you know, knowing when it’s time and stepping down and so forth,” Archie said of Peyton’s mindset at the end of last season. “He felt good. He went back this year and he struggled again with injury. He really had this foot problem. It’s been going on for five or six months.”
The Broncos hope Peyton’s time off has allowed him to heal. The starting quarterback began treatment once he was pulled from the Kansas City Chiefs game, in which he threw four interceptions. Peyton returned to team practices on Wednesday.
Archie says he won’t bring up the topic of retirement until this season wraps. He expects he’ll sit down with his son and have a conversation when the time is right. The focus now is healing.
"Peyton’s got plenty of sense, so when everything’s done at the end of the year he’ll sit down and make a decision. Whatever he does, Peyton will attack it. If he steps down, he’ll find something else and go after it. If he wants to play some more, he’ll go after it.”
Brock Osweiler, who often reaffirms his belief that No. 18 is the team leader, will play in Sunday’s game against the Steelers.
Kubiak won’t yet comment on any other games.
“I keep saying it will all work out,” Archie said. “Who would have ever envisioned when he was playing at Newman High School and he headed off to Tennessee that 20 years later he would have been able to accomplish what he has in college and in professional football?
Peyton is expected to practice Friday.
WATCH ABOVE: Archie Manning talks about Peyton's foot injury and says Peyton has not made a decision regarding his future after this season. Video courtesy WDSU-TV New Orleans.