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Kubiak: 'Nothing has changed' at quarterback with Manning, Osweiler


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --As was the case last Monday, Head Coach Gary Kubiak was still gathering information about the status of his quarterbacks before making a decision on who would start against Cincinnati next Monday.

"Starting over, starting from scratch. It's no different than last week [at this time]," Kubiak said, adding that "nothing has changed," with Peyton Manning's status still being evaluated on a week-to-week basis as he recovers from a plantar fascia tear.

Manning practiced on a limited basis last Wednesday and Thursday, then sat out Friday because he felt soreness in his foot.

"We'll have a plan in place when we get to Wednesday," Kubiak added, "but right now, my thoughts are with the team and getting through the corrections, those type of things and moving forward."

However, the situation this week is different with Brock Osweiler recovering from the left shoulder bruise through which he played the end of the first quarter and all of the second half in Sunday's 34-27 loss to the Steelers.

"He played through it, and he's sore, but all indications are that he'll be okay. He's day-to-day," Kubiak said.

Osweiler led an attack in the first half that racked up 27 points, scored four touchdowns and was a first-possession fumble away from having a virtually flawless 30 minutes of work.

"Yesterday the first half was as good of a half of football I've ever been around, offensively," Kubiak said. "It was tremendous except for a fumble on play two. We need to build off of that.

"Our execution in the second half yesterday was poor. It was penalty filled. We dropped snaps, we dropped balls. You name it, we did it. This is an execution league and when you're doing it, it's a lot of fun. When you're not doing it somebody has to stop it or somebody has to make a play to stop it. We just didn't do that last night."

Kubiak added that he did not think Osweiler's shoulder injury affected him in the second half, when he completed just 7 of 26 passes after going 14-of-18 for 214 yards with three touchdowns in the first half.

"I think if anything, he really struggled in a certain way that we ran the ball, trying to hand the ball off with that arm," Kubiak said. "I think we were in position to do some of the same things that we did in the first half; we just didn't do them -- and I'm not just talking about him, I'm talking about as a group [on offense]."

Kubiak said that Manning has provided assistance on the sideline the last two games.

"He's contributed a great deal," Kubiak said. "He's very much involved. He had a lot of good ideas yesterday. He's doing everything that we ask him to do and he's doing it because he wants to do it."

The Broncos fell to the Steelers Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

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