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Peyton Manning still leads the NFL in interceptions despite missing four games

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With the Denver Broncos reportedly considering allowing Peyton Manning to return to the practice field this week, debate surrounding his potential return as the franchise's starting quarterback is set to increase.

The future Hall of Famer wasn't exactly in great form before he tore his left plantar fascia and an argument could be made for keeping his understudy, Brock Osweiler, in the lineup for the rest of 2015.

Stats don't lie

Still, considering Manning's reputation there will be plenty calling for the 39-year-old to resume his position as the leader of the team when his body allows. Those backing Osweiler, however, can today point to a pretty alarming stat concerning his veteran teammate.


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That's because, despite not having seen the field since the third quarter of the Broncos' week 10 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Peyton Manning still leads the NFL in interceptions this season.

Manning has thrown 17 picks in 2015 - including four in his ill-fated outing against the Chiefs - and is currently way out in front of the 'chasing' pack on NFL quarterbacks.

Matt Ryan (14), Matthew Stafford (13) and Blake Bortles (13) are also in the race for the unwanted honor. Yet, unlike Manning who has played in effectively eight-and-a-half-games, all three of his fellow signal callers have played in the full compliment of 13 games. 

Key decision

The Denver Broncos are heading to the 2015 playoffs regardless of who plays quarterback for the remainder of the regular season.

But, with the likes of the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals set to compete for a place in Super Bowl 50, the Colorado franchise can't afford to give teams easy possession when it counts.

As surprising as it may sound considering his career to date, welcoming back Manning into the starting lineup and ignoring his worryingly high interception stats, could play right into their opponent's hands. Literally.

Broncos fans: Would you start Peyton Manning in the playoffs, or stick with Osweiler? Have your say in the comments below...

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