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Kubiak says Peyton’s foot has been bothering him for a “couple of weeks”

Peyton Manning

AP

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning missed practice on Friday with a foot injury. As it turns out, the foot problem isn’t new.

“It’s just really sore coming off the turf [in Indianapolis],” coach Gary Kubiak told reporters on Wednesday. “It’s been sore for a couple of weeks now. Obviously, we’re inside today, so he did nothing today. He’ll be day-to-day. We’ll just see where he is tomorrow.”

Manning hasn’t previously been listed on the injury report as having a foot injury. It sounds like maybe he should have been.

“I think that everybody has little nicks and things that bother them throughout the course of the season,” Kubiak said. “His foot has bothered him for a couple of weeks, been sore and I think it’s coming off of that turf. It just seems like, when you play on turf, you get a lot more things going on.”

The Broncos had no choice but to disclose the injury now, given that Peyton missed practice because of it and received treatment on it.

Manning was asked by a reporter if he’s concerned about the injury.

“You got some action on this game?” Manning said. “I don’t think we’re allowed to answer questions like that, are we? That’s kind of what the NFL tells us -- be careful of answering questions like that. There might be some hidden agendas behind the question. Everybody is trying to get better, trying to get healthy.”

The league has open and obvious agendas when it comes to teams that hide injuries. And it sure sounds like that’s what the Broncos have done with Peyton’s foot problem.

On Sunday, the Chiefs will be doing something else with that foot: Stepping on it whenever they can.