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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning hired private investigators after HGH accusation 02.05.16 at 8:26 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Hawks, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Harvard at Princeton, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Columbia at Yale, 5 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Central Michigan at Akron, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Saint Peter’s at Siena, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Exhibition, Canada at United States, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Peyton Manning‘s legal team hired private investigators to find and interrogate former Guyer Institute intern Charles Sly before the release of the Al Jazeera report that suggested the Broncos quarterback and other star athletes had obtained performance-enhancing drugs, according to a story in The Washington Post.

The Post story indicates that private investigators visited Sly’s parents’ home in suburban Indianapolis and one initially said he was a law enforcement officer but could not provide a badge, leading the family to call 911.

Sly, who said the company shipped HGH to Manning’s wife, Ashley, in 2011 while Manning was rehabbing from neck injuries, recanted the statements he made on hidden camera, claiming he made them up in order to impress a potential business associate. His video statement was recorded one day after he talked to Manning investigators.

Ari Fleischer, the crisis management consultant Manning hired, told the Post that a Manning lawyer examined the Mannings’ medical records at the Indianapolis anti-aging institute but none of the lawyers or investigators removed any records, coerced Sly into recanting, or did anything that would interfere with subsequent investigations.

“When somebody accuses you of doing something you didn’t do — and Al Jazeera refused to tell us who it was — it’s only logical to say, ‘€˜Who is it, and why are they doing this?”€‰” Fleischer said in defense of the private investigation. “That’s human nature.”

Fleischer acknowledged that Ashley Manning received medication from the Guyer Institute, but he did not say if it was HGH, citing her right to privacy.

Manning has repeatedly denied any suggestion that he used PEDs, calling the report “garbage.” His father, Archie, appeared on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” on Thursday and supported his son.

“I always had a saying when he was going through everything and he had to talk to a lot of different doctors and trainers, and I always said, ‘No voodoo.’ That was kind of our theme,” Archie Manning said. “And he didn’t. He said he didn’t. He didn’t.”

— One day after his back-and-forth with NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison, Panthers cornerback Josh Norman turned his attention to the Broncos, calling out wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Responding to Sanders saying Norman “talked himself into the media,” Norman said, “I think you’d have to be pretty darn good at what you do to talk your way into the spotlight. I haven’t been hearing much about him. Obviously he may want to go back and go practice some more.”

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Report: Rams have discussed bringing Peyton Manning to LA next season 02.03.16 at 12:01 pm ET
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Rams have discussed the possibility of bringing Peyton Manning to Los Angeles next season. While many suspect Manning will retire after this year, if he does give it a go in 2016 he apparently already is drawing interest outside of Denver.

Writes Schefter: Manning still must decide whether he wants to play again, and the Rams still are formulating their quarterback plans. But they are monitoring the Manning situation, per a source, which is a sign that the Broncos quarterback could have options next season.

It also sets up the possibility — even if it is remote — that Manning could finish his career in Southern California just as former Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas did with the San Diego Chargers in 1973 and former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath did with Los Angeles Rams in 1977.

The Rams quarterbacks entering 2016 are Case Keenum, Nick Foles and Sean Mannion. Needless to say, if Manning were to sign with the Rams he would be stepping right into a starting role with the team.

While Manning recently told Bill Belichick that this could be his “last rodeo,” it remains to be seen if he will give it one more shot next season.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay trade barbs about Hall of Fame candidacy 01.08.16 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Devils, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Western Michigan at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Buffalo at Kent State, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Oakland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Western Michigan at Akron, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UIC at Detroit, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Utah at Colorado, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Women, UConn at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: FA Cup, Liverpool at Exeter City, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Roger Clemens generally has taken the high road as sportswriters continue to deny him entrance to the Baseball Hall of Fame, insisting Thursday, “I have distanced myself from the subject and moved on.” However, a dismissive comment from a former teammate caused him to go on the offensive.

Roy Halladay, who played his first season in 1998 alongside Clemens on the Blue Jays and went on to win two Cy Young Awards and appear in eight All-Star Games during his 16-year career, tweeted Wednesday that he agreed with writers who leave Clemens and Barry Bonds off their ballots.

Wrote Halladay before the balloting was announced: When you use PEDs you admit your not good enough to compete fairly! Our nations past time should have higher standards! No Clemens no Bonds!

Clemens, who received 45.2 percent of the vote — 7.7 percent more than last year but well short of the 75 percent needed — texted a Houston TV reporter with his response.

“What is disheartening is getting a call or a text from family or friends about an ill-informed player making an asinine statement. The latest coming from a former Blue Jays pitcher,” Clemens wrote.

“Just to enlighten him, he was accused of using amphetamines by the ‘strength coach.’ You should be very careful when putting tweets out while not having your facts on the matter at hand.”

Answered Halladay on Twitter: I’ll let my reputation speak for itself.

— As expected, the Broncos will go with Peyton Manning at quarterback when they open the playoffs a week from Sunday. And backup Brock Osweiler says he’s OK with it.

“I stand behind Peyton. I stand behind Coach. I stand behind this team,” Osweiler said Thursday. “You’re going to see the same exact guy out of me as you’ve seen the whole season. Bottom line: I just care about this football team winning games. If coach thinks Peyton gives the team the best chance, then I fully support that.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning, ‘still angry’ about HGH story, will be backup for Sunday’s game 12.31.15 at 8:30 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Canadiens-Bruins Winter Classic Alumni Game, 3:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Flames, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)
College football: Peach Bowl, Houston vs. Florida State, noon (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Orange Bowl, Clemson vs Oklahoma, 4 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Cotton Bowl, Alabama vs. Michigan State, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Xavier at Villanova, noon (FS1)
College basketball: Creighton at St. John’s, 2 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Drake at Wichita State, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Providence at Butler, 2:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: BYU at Saint Mary’s, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— It’s been a rough end to 2015 for Peyton Manning, but at least he’ll start the new year back in uniform.

The Broncos announced Wednesday that Manning’s torn plantar fascia in his left foot has improved to the point where he will serve as Brock Osweiler’s backup for Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

Manning has not participated in a full practice since Nov. 13. He worked out with his teammates doing seven-on-seven drills and running the scout team on Dec. 17, but he had a setback that limited his participation afterward. He said he’s looking forward to taking this next step.

“I’m happy to be more of a part of it now than just being in street clothes and kind of quarantined in the indoor facility and work on out on my own,” he said.

Osweiler said he appreciates being kept in the starting role as the Broncos look to clinch the AFC West and a first-round bye.

“Obviously it means a lot,” Osweiler said. “It shows that Coach believes in me. … It feels good, but I have a job to do this week and that’s where my focus is.”

Meanwhile, Manning continued to deny having used HGH following an Al Jazeera story that implied a connection.

The NFL has said it will investigate the allegations against Manning and other players, including Packers stars Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and Manning said that was “appropriate,” adding: “I’d be glad if they came in here tonight and tomorrow and do it and get it over with.”

Said Manning: “The report wasn’t true Sunday. It’s not true today and it won’t ever be true. And I’m still angry about it. And if the league has to do that, I’ll cooperate. The sooner the better, though, if they’re listening.”

Asked about pursuing legal action against Al Jazeera, Manning said: “I don’t want to deal with that until after the season.”

— Ravens receiver Steve Smith has changed his mind about retiring, announcing Wednesday on Twitter that he plans to “defy the odds” and return from a torn right Achilles tendon that ended his season on Nov. 1.

Wrote Smith: Making a comeback, returning to the Baltimore Ravens ready to play football in 2016.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. appeals suspension, reportedly claims he felt threatened by Panthers 12.22.15 at 8:14 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Blues at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Canadiens at Wild (NBCSN)
NHL: Sharks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Mavericks at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Boston College vs. Fordham, 3:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: BYU vs. Harvard, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Auburn vs New Mexico, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami at La Salle, 5 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Delaware at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iowa State at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan State vs. Oakland, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Charlotte, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Purdue, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: California at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: George Washington at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Mercer at Ohio State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s vs. South Carolina, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oklahoma vs. Washington State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Northern Iowa at Hawaii, 1:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Akron vs Utah State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Boca Raton Bowl, Temple vs. Toledo, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t yet commenting to the media, but he let the NFL know that he would like to talk about his actions Sunday, when he repeatedly targeted the head of Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, leading to his one-game suspension.

The NFL issued its ruling Monday, citing Beckham for “multiple violations of safety-related playing rules.”

Wrote NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks: “At numerous times during [Sunday’s] game against the Carolina Panthers, your actions placed a fellow player at unnecessary risk, and clearly did not represent the high standards of sportsmanship expected.”

Losing Beckham, the team’s most potent offensive threat, would make the Giants‘ challenge even more daunting. At 6-8, New York needs to win its final two games (and have Washington lose twice) to have a chance at qualifying for the postseason.

Beckham would not discuss specifics about his feud with Norman after Sunday’s game, although he did say, “You never want to hurt your team like that. I have learned it all throughout my life you know, always second man gets called, always that it is just unfortunate. You go back and watch the film tomorrow and you learn from it.”

ESPN NFL analyst Ray Lewis said before Monday night’s game that he spoke to Beckham and the player admitted, “I messed up.” Lewis said Beckham was responding to being challenged and threatened by Panthers players.

Other reports indicated the Panthers directed homophobic and personal insults at Beckham. Some Panthers also wielded a baseball bat pregame, a tradition they established this season.

An infuriated Norman called Beckham a “ballerina” and said he deserved a suspension. “He’s got the maturity of a little kid,” Norman said.

— The Broncos‘ season has taken a downward turn, but coach Gary Kubiak indicated there will be no change at quarterback this week — assuming Brock Osweiler is available to play.

Osweiler is having tests on his left shoulder, which he injured in Sunday’s 34-27 loss to the Steelers in which Denver squandered a 17-point lead. Kubiak said Osweiler was sore Monday, but “all indications are that he’ll be OK.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Bills RB LeSean McCoy says Eagles coach Chip Kelly ‘can’t shake my hand’ 12.10.15 at 7:52 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Vikings at Cardinals, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Clippers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Knicks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Iowa at Iowa State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Troy at Seton Hall, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College hockey: Notre Dame at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Liverpool at FC Sion, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, AS Monaco at Ottenham Hotspur, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s exhibition, Trinidad & Tobago at United States, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A day after appearing to soften his stance toward Eagles coach Chip Kelly, Bills running back LeSean McCoy said he won’t shake Kelly’s hand when their teams meet Sunday in Philadelphia.

Kelly, coming off Sunday’s win over the Patriots, had said he would like to shake hands with McCoy, whom he traded for what he said was salary-related reasons in the offseason after McCoy became the franchise’s all-time leading rusher during his six seasons in Philadelphia.

Responded McCoy: “Chip can’t shake [expletive]. He can’t call me. He can’t shake my hand. There’s nothing he can do with me. He can’t say [expletive] to me. It’s as simple as that.”

McCoy initially implied Kelly’s decisions were racially motivated, but he has backtracked on that. He also insists he has nothing against Kelly, saying, “No hatred. We’re not enemies.” But he won’t talk to the coach.

“I’m sure there are people you don’t hate or have an issue with that you don’t speak to,” he said. “I’m with the Bills. He’s with the Eagles. We never had any great relationship, best friends. So there’s nothing to really talk about.”

McCoy’s comments are not sitting well with ESPN analyst Herm Edwards, who during a memorable rant Wednesday said selfish players like McCoy are the reason he no longer wants to coach in the NFL.

— Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis returned to practice Wednesday, back with his teammates for the first time since suffering a concussion in a Nov. 22 loss to the Texans, although he did not participate in any drills.

“He ran a little bit on the side,” coach Todd Bowles said. “So, that was encouraging.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Appeals court convicts Oscar Pistorius of murder 12.03.15 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Kings, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Thunder at Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Spurs at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Kentucky at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL: Packers at Lions, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-FM)

AROUND THE WEB:

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to prison for shooting his girlfriend and killing her. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius has insisted he did not mean to kill his girlfriend, but an appeals court did not buy his excuses. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

— South African double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murder Thursday in Johannesburg, as an appeals court overturned a lower court’s conviction on a lesser charge of culpable homicide in the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

“The accused ought to have been found guilty of murder on the basis that he had fired the fatal shots with criminal intent,” Justice Lorimer Eric Eric Leach of the Supreme Court of Appeal announced to the courtroom, saying the original ruling was “fundamentally flawed.”

The maximum punishment for murder in South Africa is 15 years, although a shorter sentence could be imposed.

Pistorius has been under house arrest since October after serving one year in prison. He had been sentenced to five years in prison.

Leach described the situation as “a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.”

“A young man overcomes huge physical disabilities to reach Olympian heights as an athlete,” Leach said. “In doing so he becomes an international celebrity. He meets a young woman of great natural beauty and a successful model. Romance blossoms and then ironically, on Valentine’s Day, all is destroyed when he takes her life.

While Pistorius has said he thought he was confronting an intruder when he fired shots through a bathroom door, Leach said Pistorius should have known someone could have been killed if he fired his gun.

“The identity of his victim is irrelevant to his guilt,” Leach said, terming Pistorius’ testimony about his actions “unacceptable” and “contradictory.”

A Pistorius spokesman said the defense is considering its options, which include the possibility of appealing to the country’s Constitutional Court.

— Three premier AFC quarterbacks are in different stages as they look to return to action. While Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger was cleared to play Sunday against the Colts, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck started throwing some passes for but could not say how close he is to game action, and Broncos star Peyton Manning said he’s nowhere close to being healthy.

Roethlisberger was in the NFL concussion protocol after leaving Sunday’s game against the Seahawks a few plays after being hit in the head. He implied Tuesday that he did not have a concussion — something that coach Mike Tomlin questioned — and said Wednesday he’s been OK’d to play.

“I said I didn’t know the results [Tuesday], but I felt good because when I left the training room the trainers told me this looks good,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “Don’t see why this would be an issue. That’s why I said I didn’t have a concussion and would be ready to go.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning reportedly plans to play next season 11.23.15 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Bills at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (WCVB, ESPN)
NHL: Bruins at Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Knicks at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
Soccer: Premier League, Sunderland at Crystal Palace, 2:5 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Ailing Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who sat out Sunday’s 17-15 victory over the Bears, reportedly plans to return next season, even if it means finding a new home.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said on NBC’s Sunday night’s NFL coverage that the 39-year-old “currently intends to play next year, even if it’s not for the Broncos.” However, co-host Tony Dungy, who knows Manning well as his former coach with the Colts, said he had not heard the same information.

Manning restructured his contract this past offseason, leaving him with a base salary of $19 million for next year. He reportedly has a torn plantar fascia in his foot.

Manning is coming off a disastrous outing in last Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs, as he completed five passes while being intercepted four times. Brock Osweiler started in Manning’s place Sunday and threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Early reports indicate Denver intends to start Osweiler again next Sunday against the Patriots.

“I don’t know if anybody believed me, but I really was telling the truth — I have not wasted a single day sitting behind Peyton,” Osweiler said after Sunday’s win. “I fully recognize that he might be the greatest quarterback to ever play, if not one of the greatest. I wasn’t going to let one of those days go by where I didn’t learn something. I’ve been very appreciative for my situation.”

— Washington defensive end Jason Hatcher is frustrated with what he believes is biased officiating against his team. After Sunday’s 44-16 loss to the Panthers, he threw out an interesting theory: The referees are punishing the Redskins because of their nickname.

“I’m not saying this out of character to get fined, but it is what it is,” Hatcher said. “I don’t know if it’s about the name or what, but at the same time, we play football, too. We work our butt off, too. Don’t single us out. At the end of the day, it’s the name. Don’t worry about the name — we’re players and we work our butts off, too. I’m just frustrated with it.

“We shouldn’t have to be punished for that. It’s been every game, calls after calls that should’ve been made in our favor, but it goes to them. It’s just not right. We’re in the league, too. We’re [NFL] players. We’ve got a team, too. We go out there, and we sweat and work hard, too. I don’t give a crap about the name. We are players. We’ve got feelings, too, and we want to win, too.”

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Report: Peyton Manning has partially torn plantar fascia 11.16.15 at 12:34 pm ET
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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who was pulled from Sunday’s 29-13 loss to the Chiefs after throwing four interceptions, has a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Manning did not practice in the week leading up to Sunday’s game until Friday. He was listed on the injury report with a foot injury — and a rib injury was added Saturday. Some Broncos players told ESPN that Manning had difficulty walking earlier in the week.

The report indicates Manning has been dealing with plantar fasciitis for weeks and aggravated the injury during the last Sunday’s loss to the Colts.

Manning acknowledged it might have been a mistake to try to play through the pain Sunday. He completed just 5-of-20 passes for 35 yards before being replaced by Brock Osweiler in the third quarter, with Denver trailing 22-0.

“I thought I felt good enough to play,” Manning said. “Maybe it was a false feeling or a wrong feeling. … By going out there and trying to help the team, I ended up hurting the team.”

Coach Gary Kubiak said there is no quarterback controversy, as long as Manning is healthy.

“Peyton’s our quarterback,” Kubiak said. “If he’s healthy and ready to go, Peyton’s our quarterback.”

After opening the season with seven straight wins, the Broncos have lost two straight. They head to Chicago to play the Bears next Sunday, then host the Patriots the following Sunday.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning acknowledges he ‘ended up hurting the team’ by playing through pain before benching at 7:25 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Texans at Bengals, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Celtics at Rockets, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Tennessee at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UMBC at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Virginia at George Washington, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: IUPUI at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kennesaw State at LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at Utah, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Baylor at Oregon, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Euro qualifier, Bosnia-Herzegovina at Ireland, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— On a day when Peyton Manning became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, all the talk instead was about his miserable performance that led to his eventual benching in a 29-13 loss to the Chiefs.

Manning completed just 5-of-20 passes for 35 yards, with four interceptions and two sacks, and was booed off the field by the Denver fans. After his fourth interception, and with his team trailing 22-0 in the third quarter, Manning was replaced by Brock Osweiler.

Manning said he he should not have tried to play through injuries to his right foot, ribs and right shoulder.

“I thought I felt good enough to play,” he said. “Maybe it was a false feeling or a wrong feeling. … By going out there and trying to help the team, I ended up hurting the team.”

In the week leading up to the game, Manning did not practice until Friday.

“I probably should have right there said, you know, no, he’s not going to go this week,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “But he’s a competitor, he wanted to play.”

Despite Manning’s declining performance this season, Kubiak said the starting job belongs to the 39-year-old.

“Peyton’s our quarterback,” Kubiak said. “If he’s healthy and ready to go, Peyton’s our quarterback.”

The game was stopped to honor Manning after a 4-yard pass in the first quarter to running back Ronnie Hillman that gave him enough yards to pass Brett Favre and break the all-time record, but it came after Manning already had thrown an interception, gotten sacked and fumbled the ball.

“I think that’s an awkward situation to have any type of stoppage of play, in the middle of a game,” Manning said. “I wasn’t off to the best start.”

Giants legend Lawrence Taylor, a man with his own history of troubles, isn’t ready to jump on the anti-Greg Hardy bandwagon. Despite Hardy’s domestic violence incident, Taylor said the Cowboys did a good thing by giving the defensive end an opportunity to return to the field.

“I like that. I think they needed to give him another chance because it’s not clear what happened,” Taylor said Sunday at a promotional appearance in New York. “It’s not really 100 percent clear what happened. So listen, I think they need to give him a chance.

“I think he is going to make the best of that second chance because I’ll tell you what, he could have been screwed. A lot of people have been screwed in this league. But he got a do-over, and you got to do the best you can. You got to make the best you can with that do-over.”

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