Adam Schefter Probably Kept the Peyton Manning Injury News Under Wraps


Adam Schefter is one of the most successful insiders covering the NFL, even with all the hate he gets on social media. In the past 24 hours, Adam Schefter reported that Peyton Manning played the last month of the regular season with a severe injury. Manning was playing with a torn right quad. According to Schefter, Manning originally tore his quad during a December 14 win over the San Diego Chargers. An MRI after that game confirmed the tear. The injury is specifically a torn rectusfemoris, according to Schefter, and the “bruising was so severe it spread to back of his leg.” If you’ve ever suffered even a strained quad, you know how painful the injury is. The injury is not an excuse for any poor play by Manning but can explain the limitations on his mobility and strength of his passes.


Manning finished the regular season having completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 4,727 yards, 39 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions, the latter of which was his highest total in a Broncos uniform.


The Story Behind the Story

The F&TS head writer has been a Public Relations Specialist for a few years and his instincts tell him Schefter had this scoop weeks ago. We believe Schefter held onto the story until the Monday after the Denver Broncos’ last loss of the season. He did it out of respect to his Broncos sources.

Why do we think Schefter held onto the story until the end of the season? A few reasons. In case you didn’t know, before working for ESPN, Adam Schefter was a Broncos beat reporter for both the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver PostHe nurtured reliable sources in Colorado that he still uses today. Injury news doesn’t break in a day. Examinations take time, team personnel knows and trainers know. Also, famous people can’t keep a low profile when they are admitted to hospitals or medical facilities. We can’t prove that Schefter sat on the story until the end of the regular season, but we have our suspicions.

Should Schefter have broken the story when he had it? Would Manning’s poor play over the last few weeks be easily explained by the news? Sure, but then Schefter could no longer do his job. Journalists make tough decisions every day. Now that the news is out, the Broncos have an easier decision about Manning’s future with the team.

Update: Head Coach John Fox and the Denver Broncos have agreed to mutually part ways.