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Though Manning (quad) reportedly wants to return to the Broncos for the 2015 season, a final decision on that front figures to wait until he takes an annual physical, which is called for by his contract, Woody Paige of the Denver Post reports.

Per the report, the Broncos have requested that Manning -- who the team wants back -- let them know his plans by March 9. Assuming the QB is on the team's roster on March 10, his $19 million salary for the 2015 season would become fully guaranteed. At this point it would be a surprise if Manning didn't return to play under new coach Gary Kubiak. The veteran QB, who turns 39 in March, is coming off a 2014 season in which he recorded 4,727 passing yards to go along with 39 TDs and 15 picks.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Manning played Sunday's game against the Colts, as well as the past month of the season, with a torn right quad.

Per the report, Manning suffered the injury on Dec. 14, but the veteran QB continued to practice and play through the issue. In any case, Manning's struggles in Sunday's divisional round playoff loss to the Colts now have some added context. With the Broncos eliminated from the postseason, Manning has plenty of time moving forward in which to heal up from his various aches and pains, while he mulls his future with the team.

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Manning completed 26-of-46 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the Colts.

Manning started the game with an excellent drive that led to a one-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, but it was all downhill from there. The 38-year-old quarterback spent the rest of the first half taking a surprising number of shots down the field, and he wasn't able to connect on any of them, with a lost fumble further hurting his cause. Manning threw more short passes in the second half, and yet the Broncos still had trouble sustaining drives. While a strong effort from the Vontae Davis-led Indy defense was a big factor, Manning struggled with his accuracy, throwing power and decision making. It was easily one of the worst games he's played in a remarkable career, and his inability to get any power behind his throws brings up questions about his health. Of course, Manning hasn't displayed good arm strength in quite some time, as he's mostly made a living in Denver with excellent pre-snap reads and accurate short or intermediate passes. If it was just this one game, the poor showing could perhaps be written off, but Manning also struggled at the end of the regular season as the Broncos shifted to a run-heavy offense. According to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, Manning was non-committal when asked after Sunday's game whether he will return next season. He mentioned that he'll have to consider a slew of different factors, and one of those may be the Broncos' coaching staff, as John Fox is rumored to be in danger of losing his job. A decision probably won't come until at least February or March, but for all the drama that's sure to surround the circumstances, it would be rather surprising if Manning retired on such a low note. He did throw for 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns this season, and it seems likely that an injury -- perhaps the one to his thigh -- contributed to the late downturn. Assuming he comes back, Manning will likely still be one of the top options at his position, but he won't be nearly the sure-thing that he was heading into this season.

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Manning (thigh) completed 21-of-37 passes for 273 yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

The Broncos led for nearly the entire game, leaving little for Manning to do, as running back C.J. Anderson scored three touchdowns before two minutes had expired in the third quarter. Manning threw for at least three touchdowns eight times in the first 12 weeks, but he's thrown only three touchdowns in the last four games, which getting picked off six times. He finishes the regular season with 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns, both very impressive figures, though both also down from his 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns last season.

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Manning (thigh) completed 28-of-44 passes for 311 yards, with two touchdowns and four interceptions, in Monday's 37-28 loss to the Bengals.

Manning's late-season slump continued, and while he led a vicious rally during the third quarter, he otherwise struggled throughout the game. Rarely do you see a four-interception game where all the picks can primarily be blamed on the quarterback, but that was the case for Manning in rainy weather Monday night. The third interception was a killer, as the Broncos were trailing by two in the final three minutes, only to see Manning hand away a pick-six that essentially sealed the game. He threw another ugly interception on the following drive, ending any hope for a last-ditch comeback. The poor effort will raise further questions about Manning's health, but with the Broncos needing a win to lock down a bye week, the future Hall of Famer will presumably take the field for a favorable Week 17 matchup against the Raiders.

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Manning (thigh) is listed as active for Monday's game against the Bengals.

Despite the questionable designation, it would have been a surprise if Manning, who has uncharacteristically attempted just 20 passes in each of his last two outings, sat this one out, though it's possible that the veteran signal-caller could be somewhat hampered by his thigh issue on Monday.

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Manning (thigh) will play Monday against the Bengals, the Denver Post reports.

Manning is officially listed as questionable for the game, but head coach John Fox indicated Saturday that he fully expects his starting quarterback to play. After blistering play for much of the season, Manning has failed to reach even 235 passing yards in his lat three games, while throwing only one touchdown in his last two. With the Broncos still needing at least one win to clinch a first-round playoff bye, Manning will be on the field and unlikely to be limited against the Bengals.

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Manning (thigh) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against Cincinnati after logging a limited practice Saturday, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports. Despite the questionable tag, Manning is expected to start.

Although he was limited, the fact that Manning was present for each practice this week means he's full expected to start. As his playoff-eligible owners know all too well, Manning is in a three-game slump at the moment, and it's understandable to fear a fourth disappointing game as he takes on a tough Cincinnati pass defense. Still, Manning's three-game stat line of just 585 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions seems like a major outlier, so he's bound to get back to his usual per-game production soon enough. For what it's worth, Emmanuel Sanders (flu-like symptoms) left Saturday's practice but is expected to play Monday.

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Manning (right thigh) was listed as limited in Friday's practice, reports.

Per the report, Manning threw more Friday than he did during Thursday's practice and remains on track to start Monday's game against the Bengals. We'll revisit the veteran QB's status Saturday, when then Broncos release their final injury report in advance of the contest.

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Manning (thigh) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, reports.

The report adds that Manning, who is expected to practice Friday, was spotted walking without a limp Thursday. In any case, we'd expect the veteran QB to be fine for Monday night's game against Cincinnati. We'll let you know if that assessment changes.