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Denver Broncos make early call on quarterback for Patriots game

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The Denver Broncos have reportedly already made a decision regarding who will start at quarterback in their upcoming game against the New England Patriots.


According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, the Colorado franchise is set to hand Brock Osweiler his second consecutive start, consigning Peyton Manning to the inactive list once again.

With Manning dealing with a partially torn plantar fascia in his foot, Osweiler stepped up to make his first NFL start on Sunday - helping to secure a 17-15 win for Denver over Chicago in the process.


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In all likelihood, with Manning having previously missed six weeks with a torn plantar fascia back in 2013, the decision to sit the future Hall of Famer for a second week running is likely based more on his health than Osweiler's play vs the Bears.

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Still, with the former second-round pick having ended Sunday's action with a QB rating of 127 - 250 passing yards, two touchdowns and (crucially) no interceptions - Denver's confidence in playing Osweiler against New England would undoubtedly have been boosted.


Indeed, with Manning having struggled in the weeks leading up to his injury lay-off, there had been talk that Osweiler should be handed the reigns for the rest of Denver's season regardless of the former's injury status.

That, though, appears some way off at this stage with Gary Kubiak refusing to call the young QB his starter after yesterday's game.

However, if Osweiler can lead the Broncos to a win over the Patriots in Manning's absence, those voices calling for an official change would get a whole lot louder.

Broncos fans: Who do you want to start for the rest of the season; Osweiler or Manning? Have your say in the comments below...

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