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Report: Peyton Manning won’t play against Seahawks in Friday’s preseason game

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DENVER — Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning won’t play in their preseason opener Friday against the Seahawks in CenturyLink Field, KUSA-TV reported Wednesday.

According to the station, backup QB Brock Osweiler will start Friday against the Seahawks and operate the Broncos’ first-team offense. Running back C.J. Anderson, receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the Broncos’ first-team offensive line is expected to play. Number one receiver Demaryius Thomas is expected to sit, as well as Manning.

KUSA said the thinking of the Broncos coaching staff was that the reward of the 39-year-old Manning getting in eight to 10 plays with a new offense “was not worth the risk of taking on the NFL’s No. 1 defense on the road.”

The station said it’s the first time since Manning signed with the Broncos in 2012 that he will not play in the preseason opener. He is expected to play in the second preseason game, at Houston on Aug. 22.

 

 

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