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Manning: Reported demand to start 'insulting'

Manning: Reported demand to start 'insulting'
Posted at 9:43 AM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 09:43:25-05

Former Colts and current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had strong words about a report that he didn't want to be the backup Sunday night.

An NFL.com report said Manning told the Broncos he didn't want to be a backup, either in practice or in games.

Manning has spent the last five games on the bench after a loss to Kansas City where he went 5-for-20 with four interceptions. He also has a torn plantar fascia in his right foot.

When asked about the report, Manning told ESPN.com, "It's bull----, and it's insulting."

John Elway, the Broncos' executive VP of football operations and general manager, said similar things that Manning did, although without the expletive. 

In Manning's absence, Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler has thrown eight touchdowns and four interceptions, while passing for 239.3 yards per game.

If Manning doesn't play another game in the NFL, he'll finish first in career passing touchdowns and yards, and second in passing completions.

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