In some ways, Broncos fans would prefer not to find out just how valuable MVP candidate Peyton Manning is to the team. Quarterbacks are falling everywhere. And, for a moment out here late Sunday afternoon, it seemed, as Manning lie on the grass then when he limped off the field, that the Broncos would become the latest team to lose its starting quarterback. It's possible they could be without the best quarterback in the league for the biggest game of the season, Sunday at home against Kansas City. But, except when Manning had to sit out the 2011 season because of his serious neck condition, he has not missed a start. And anyone that knows him or has ever seen him play is aware that he will be on the field next Sunday night. "I certainly plan on (playing)," he said. (The Denver Post) Comment
An undefeated season has a way of raising the profile of a freshman quarterback, even one who isn't technically ready for the draft. [Amid] recent suggestions from some unnamed league scouts that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston would probably be the first overall player chosen in the 2014 draft if he was eligible for the lottery, there were some quiet rumblings in the rumor-verse last week that the Florida State star might actually consider challenging the NFL's "three-year rule." Sources inside the FSU program and close to Winston adamantly insisted to NFP that the speculation was totally unfounded. ... [The rule] hasn't been tested since the ill-fated challenge by then-Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett in 2004. Winston, of course, has been scintillating. (National Football Post) Comment
Is Philly ready to deal? [The 76ers] could have a friend in the Dallas Mavericks. Entering the season, the Sixers seemed intent on making this the first year of a rebuilding plan. That may have changed a little with their early and somewhat surprising competitiveness. If not, or if the Sixers start to slide, they have the type of younger veteran pieces the Mavericks seemingly covet. The name mentioned most as potential trade bait entering the season: Sixers swingman Evan Turner. ... Word around the NBA is if the Sixers are, in fact, set on trading Turner, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves would try to put themselves in the mix. Sixers small forward Thaddeus Young is also off to a blazing start. He too is likely to draw interest around the trade deadline (if not sooner). (FOX Sports Ohio) Comment
Wide receiver Golden Tate hauls in an incredible one-handed touchdown grab in the Seattle Seahawks' 33-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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