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Peyton Manning still three weeks from returning for Denver

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The Denver Broncos are preparing for a big Sunday night clash against their arch rival Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

For the first time since they signed him in 2012, Denver will enter a game against New England without the added spotlight of Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning.

A new face

Brady won't be seeing number 18 on the opposite sideline on Sunday but will instead be trying to outdo back-up Brock Osweiler.

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Everyone is curious about how the Broncos will fare with Osweiler under centre but even more than that, they are wondering when or if Manning will come back?

Manning was benched during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago after throwing four interceptions.

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When officially confirmed as injured, it was confirmed that he would be out for at least two weeks, but that now has been corrected.

It will certainly be more than two weeks that Manning will miss as it was today reported that he will be out until week 15.

Another three weeks on the sidelines for Manning will give Osweiler the chance to show what he can do running Gary Kubiak's offense.

A return in week 15 could be bad for Manning as he may have actually lost his starting job to Osweiler by then.

See him again?

There are always retirement rumours surrounding Peyton Manning these days and his poor form this season have only increased the speculation.

Should Osweiler prove valuable to the Broncos, we could even see Manning sit on the bench until the end of the team's season.

If Manning does retire or even leave Denver in the off-season, that means we have already seen his final performance, and it wasn't quite one to remember.

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