Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning expected to miss ‘several weeks’

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said Sunday he will miss “several” weeks due to his injuries, which include a left hamstring strain, a sprained right shoulder and a left foot.

Manning also said he is working on rehabbing the injured right shoulder.

Manning, who turns 30 in May, was a surprise starter in the Broncos’ season-opening 31-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

He is expected to return for the playoffs.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Sunday that Manning will likely miss at least a month.

“We’ll see how it goes.

We’ll see what happens, but we’ll be patient,” Kubiak told reporters on a conference call.

Kubiak also said Manning’s knee injury is a “non-issue.”

The Broncos (3-5) will likely open the postseason with their first loss in six seasons against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.

Manning was limited Sunday, as he was limited to one practice after the first-quarter injury to his left hamstring.

The Denver Broncos will not be able to practice on Monday as the team continues to evaluate the status of his hamstring.

Kubik said the team will be able “to get back into it a bit” on Monday.

Kubisay said the Broncos have no timetable on Manning’s return.

The Broncos will likely need to find a new starting quarterback to replace Manning, whose replacement would likely be an unrestricted free agent.

Manning’s injury will likely prevent him from being in uniform in a potential playoff game.

The veteran quarterback has played in all 16 regular-season games since joining the Broncos in 2012, posting a record of 6-3 and leading the league with 1,848 passing yards and 26 touchdowns.

Manning has completed 63.6 percent of his passes with a 72.4 completion percentage and six interceptions.

“Peyton has been a huge part of the Broncos success this season, both in the locker room and the team,” Kubisays coach said.

“He’s one of our top young quarterbacks.

We’re going to miss him dearly.”