DENVER (CBSLA.com/AP) — Peyton Manning hedged on returning next year to play for the Denver Broncos.
Following a 24-13 loss to Indianapolis in the AFC divisional playoffs on Sunday, the 38-year-old, five-time MVP was asked if he planned to return for the 2015 season.READ MORE: West Valley Animal Shelter Dogs In Quarantine After Outbreak Of Canine Influenza
“I guess I just can’t give that simple answer, I’m processing it,” Manning said. “So, I can’t say that.”
As recently as Christmas Eve, Manning said he planned on being back next season if the Broncos wanted him.
Manning went 26 for 46 for 211 yards and a touchdown against the Colts. He struggled to find his rhythm, as has been the case since mid-November, when the Broncos started running the ball more.READ MORE: L.A. City Council Votes Unanimously To Crack Down On Street Racing Promotion
He said he’s been dealing with a thigh bruise since the Dec. 14 game against the Chargers, but said it felt good enough to play with coming into the playoffs.
While no other quarterback in the Super Bowl era has more than four “one-and-done” playoff losses. Manning now has nine.
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