Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will miss next weekend's Pro Bowl game due to a torn quadriceps injury he suffered in mid-December.
"It's a great honor to be selected to the Pro Bowl, and I've always taken the obligation to play in it very seriously," Manning told the Post. "I'm disappointed that I'm just not healthy enough this year to be part of it. It's going to be tough not being down there with the other guys, but it hasn't had enough time to heal."
Manning, who informed the NFL of his decision Sunday, tore his right quad in a Dec. 14 game against the San Diego Chargers, and played injured for the final weeks of the regular season, as well as during his team's 24-13 loss in the AFC divisional playoff round to the Indianapolis Colts last weekend.
The seven-time first-team All-Pro has been selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 14 of the past 16 seasons. Manning threw for 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns during the 2014 campaign.
The Broncos parted ways with coach John Fox last week following the team's playoff loss, leading some to speculate whether the 38-year-old Manning will return next season.
- Will Green