ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Though many of Peyton Manning's teammates won't dare consider the notion, at least one prominent member of the Broncos has considered the possibility that No. 18's 18th NFL season could come to a premature end.
"I've pondered it a little bit," linebacker and leading tackler Brandon Marshall said. "But I try not to think about it too much because I know we've got a job to do."
Manning's streak of 57 consecutive starts for Denver, a franchise record, will end Sunday in Chicago because of injuries and ineffectiveness. Backup Brock Osweiler gets his first NFL start on his 25th birthday.
Coach Gary Kubiak excused Manning, 39, from practice and meetings this week so he could focus on rehabilitating his left foot, right shoulder and ribs. Manning also didn't travel with the team to Chicago. Kubiak said he left the five-time MVP to continue his treatment alongside star pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware (back) rather than stand in the cold at Soldier Field.
Manning had the worst game of his career last weekend on the day he became the league's all-time passing yards leader in Denver's 29-13 loss to the Chiefs. He has 71,871 yards to Brett Favre's 71,838. He is tied with Favre for most regular-season wins by a quarterback with 186. Kubiak has refused to look beyond Sunday for Manning's status.
Fines roundup: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was fined $11,576 by the league for pumping his fist and doing a pelvic thrust at the end of the Cardinals' 39-32 win in Seattle. He told ESPN he spotted friends in the crowd and made the gesture at them, not Seahawks fans. … Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright was docked $23,152 for leaving his feet to hit Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. … Broncos safety T.J. Ward was fined $10,000 for punching Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin. Ward was ejected. … Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats was docked $8,681 for grabbing Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel's face mask and twisting him down.
Bears: Alshon Jeffery (groin) did not practice Friday, leaving the team with the prospect of facing the NFL's No. 1 defense without its No. 1 receiver.
Cardinals: Michael Floyd and John Brown, two of the team's top three receivers, were listed as questionable because of hamstring injuries for Sunday. Starting left guard Mike Iupati will play, coach Bruce Arians said, despite being listed as limited in practice and questionable on the injury report. Iupati injured his neck in a collision with Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor on Sunday. He was strapped to a gurney and taken off the field in an ambulance.
Colts: Pro Bowl safety Mike Adams (left ankle) is out for Sunday's game.
Cowboys: Running back Darren McFadden is questionable for Sunday. He was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day.
Dolphins: Starting linebackers Jelani Jenkins (ankle) is doubtful and Koa Misi (abdomen) questionable for Sunday.
Falcons: Three starters — safety William Moore (groin), cornerback Robert Alford (groin) and linebacker Justin Durant (calf) — are listed as probable.
Jets: Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson is a game-time decision for Sunday with a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice all week, coach Todd Bowles said. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will start after having no setbacks with his surgically repaired left thumb.
Packers: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) is probable for Sunday.
Texans: Quarterback Brian Hoyer will miss Sunday's game with a concussion. T.J. Yates will make his first start since he was a rookie in the playoffs in January 2012. Brandon Weedon, claimed off waivers Wednesday after being released by Dallas, will back Yates up.