Report: Broncos' Peyton Manning has torn plantar fascia in right foot

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has not looked like himself all season. He is leading the league in interceptions with 17 and has only thrown nine touchdown passes in nine games. On Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, he had the worst game of his career, completing only five passes, while being picked off four times.

It had become increasingly obvious that Manning was playing injured, and now we know exactly what that injury is. According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Manning had been playing through plantar fasciitis, which has worsened into a torn plantar fascia in his right foot.

We don't know how long Manning has been dealing with the injury, but it certainly helps explain his poor performance. The plantar fascia is the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel to the toes and supports the arch of the foot. When strained, it gets weak, swollen and inflamed, per WebMD, making it difficult to stand or walk.

Peyton Manning has been playing with a serious injury. (USATSI)

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