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Peyton Manning to announce retirement on Monday

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Peyton Manning to announce retirement on Monday

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is going to announce his retirement from football tomorrow. The team has announced a press conference tomorrow at 11 a.m. Mountain Time where Manning will speak.

Manning’s decision has been anticipated since the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 over the favored Panthers last month, a win that was attributed to a stout Denver defense more than the play of the quarterback. Although he did take every snap for Denver during their playoff run, his regular season was not what fans have come to expect from Manning. During the regular season missed six games with a foot injury and he was ineffective in others. Manning completed just 59.8 percent of his passes and his passer rating of 67.9 was a career low.

Manning’s decision saves the Broncos from a potentially sticky situation. The organization could not afford to carry Manning’s $19 million 2016 salary into the new league year, which starts on Wednesday. Had Manning not retired, the Broncos likely would have been forced to cut the player to led them to two Super Bowl appearances in four seasons and twice was first-team All-Pro.

Now the Broncos must try to re-sign Brock Osweiler, who filled in when Manning was hurt. Denver won five of the seven games that he started. They also are trying to keep their defense intact by retaining DE Malik Jackson and LB Danny Trevathian. Now that they are operating with a greater degree of salary cap certainty in the wake of Manning’s retirement their chances of doing so are improved. 

News of Manning's retirement was first reported by Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden joked about optimism when going over the team's injury report, but that might be the coach's only way to deal with the current situation. 

Receivers Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson did not practice on Thursday, and their status for Sunday seems murky at best. Crowder was spotted at Redskins Park using a scooter to keep his weight off his injured ankle, and while Richardson was seen walking around, his knee remains an issue. 

There was some good news, however, that Chris Thompson and Shawn Lauvao practiced, albeit in a limited role. 

Getting Thompson back on the field would be a big help for the Redskins offense, and alleviate some pressure off Adrian Peterson. The future Hall of Famer did not practice Wednesday as he is dealing with a host of injuries, including his shoulder and knee. 

The one player Gruden said he did not have optimisim in a return this week was rookie safety Troy Apke. There has been some conversation about possibly moving him to the injured reserve, but that has not happened yet. 

The Redskins currently have one open roster spot as the team released veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood earlier this week. With all the concerns at wideout, maybe Washington uses that spot to bring up a practice squad player to support the unit. 

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): The Redskins announced that they have elevated receiver Jehu Chesson from their practice squad to the active roster.

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