Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton at least have one thing in common. Both were dealing with major flu-like symptoms during a game this season. Dalton began having issues Saturday night and played through a 14-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Per SB Nation's Denver Broncos site, the Mile High Report, Manning had "four IVs between Saturday night and Sunday morning and his dehydrated state may have had a role to play in the thigh injury."
Manning, who went 14 of 20 for 233 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, suffered the injury against San Diego, momentarily forcing him out of the game. Per the Denver Post:
Then, with 3:22 left in the first half, as he rolled right out of the pocket and threw on the run to Emmanuel Sanders, he was crashed by a hit — and seemed to injure his right thigh, which was bright red in the locker room.
According to head coach John Fox, there was uncertainty if Manning would return to the game at all.
Coach John Fox said the Broncos "were unsure at halftime, to be honest with you," if Manning would return. Manning wasn't certain and was fearful of "limitations... I felt I got a little relief at halftime and was able to go in the second half."
Fox said that "until Peyton made the cavalry entrance (out of the tunnel) at the start of the third quarter, we were prepared otherwise, but I think it's a tribute to the kind of toughness Peyton has and the kind of competitor he is that he got up (off the table) and did a tremendous job in those conditions."
With Denver in the the thick of things for the No. 1 seed, which grants homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, we highly, highly, highly doubt that Manning will miss Monday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
In eight games played against Cincinnati, Manning has completed 66.5 percent of his passes (181/272) for 2,118 yards passing with 20 touchdowns, five interceptions and a passer rating of 106.8.