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Peyton Manning: Time to focus on 'active rest'

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- **A week like the one Peyton Manning is about to have happens to almost every player who has more than a cup of coffee in the NFL.

Nevertheless, this is a relatively new experience for Manning, who missed all 16 games in 2011, but didn't have a week quite like this one, where he went through rehabilitation during a game week with his status to be reviewed in seven days.

Manning will not play in Chicago as he tries to recover from shoulder, rib-cage and foot injuries. He won't even suit up as a backup; rookie Trevor Siemian will be Brock Osweiler's understudy and contingency plan.

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"I think that I need to use this week and use the time," Manning said. "I'm not going to be on the practice field, so I can dedicate the time to being in the training room and active rest, if you will. Hopefully, it helps me out."

That doesn't mean he's happy about it. Like any player, Manning wants to press on.

"I've never met a player who agreed with that [assessment to sit for a week]," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. "He wants to go and wants to do everything that he can for his football team. I knew that. I expected that.

"We spent a good hour together up there [meeting about the decision]. I know that, but I tried to express to him my concern for getting him back to himself and feeling better. I think he understands the position that I'm in and I sure as hell understand the type of person that he is and the player he is."

Manning said that he underwent an MRI examination on his rib cage Monday, but he had not received the results by the time he met with media at his stall in the locker room.

"I just want to try to get healthy this week," Manning said. "I'm disappointed that I'm injured. I'm disappointed about the game [Sunday], but I'm going to try to take advantage of this week and try to get to feeling better and getting healthy, and we'll see where everything stands next week."

In the meantime, Manning threw his support behind fourth-year backup Brock Osweiler, who will make his first career regular-season start Sunday.

"He just said, 'If you need anything throughout the week, I'm here for you. I support you 100 percent and go get a win in Chicago,'" Osweiler recalled.

But Manning won't overload Osweiler as he offers his support.

"As I shared with him, he's probably going to have a lot of coaches this week -- some that aren't coaches, either, that are going to be offering him tips of advice," Manning said. "I told him that I am here for him as a resource if he needs me, but I'm not going to be one of those extra voices in his ear.

"He and I have always shared ideas and talked about situations. I told him that whatever help I can give him, I'm here for him, but I'm going to let him come to me on those things because he's going to have plenty on his plate."

Besides, Manning has plenty to occupy his time: his rehabilitation.

"I just want to try to get healthy this week," Manning said. "I'm disappointed that I'm injured. I'm disappointed about the game [Sunday], but I'm going to try to take advantage of this week and try to get to feeling better and getting healthy, and we'll see where everything stands next week."

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