One Denver Broncos star was conspicuous by his absence when the AFC West franchise took to the practice field on Wednesday.
As reported by NFL Media's James Palmer, Peyton Manning was held out of practice as the team began preparations for this weekend's game against the Detroit Lions.
But, before Broncos fans begin to worry that their veteran quarterback is indeed finally succumbing to the rigors of the NFL, Palmer noted that the decision to rest Manning today is part of a plan that will be implemented throughout the 2015 season.
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Manning has been the subject of much scrutiny so far this season after two less than convincing performances, with many questioning whether the 39-year-old was right to come back for his 18th campaign.
However, it looks like the Broncos are making plans to ensure the five-time NFL MVP will be given the best opportunity to make his mark in 2015.
Denver fans will be hoping that, with Manning having garnered so much experience in the league down the years, keeping the quarterback off the practice field isn't going to have a detrimental effect on his performances.
And the Broncos aren't exactly the first team to implement such a strategy to keep their stars fresh for the weekend. Marshawn Lynch, for instance, hasn't put pads on on a Wednesday for some time now.
Through two games this season, Peyton Manning has thrown for 431 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, but has completed just 58.8 percent of passes and has a QB rating of 74.2.
Broncos fans: Is Manning capable of taking your team to the Super Bowl in 2015? Have your say in the comments below...