With his NFL future still in question, Broncos QB Peyton Manning will take the Pro Bowl off to heal.
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Amidst questions about his future in the NFL, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has decided to withdraw from the 2015 Pro Bowl to rest.
With not one but two thigh injuries and one of them being a “torn quad” (which really is the same thing as a quad strain), Manning is skipping the annual All-Star game, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Manning has played in more Pro Bowls than any quarterback in NFL history and has often encouraged teammates to play the game like any other.
“It’s a great honor to be selected to the Pro Bowl, and I’ve always taken the obligation to play in it very seriously,” Manning said. “I’ve believed that, if healthy, it’s a player’s responsibility to play in the game because of what it means to be voted in by your peers and the fans.
“I’m disappointed that I’m just not healthy enough this year to be part of it. It’s going to be tough not being down there with the other guys, but it hasn’t had enough time to heal.”
Manning and the Broncos were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts 24-13 in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs. Two days later head coach John Fox was fired and Manning’s NFL future was cast into doubt.