Broncos' Peyton Manning meets with John Elway; no word on return

Peyton Manning meets with Denver Broncos executives but his future with the team is still unknown

Peyton Manning's future with the Denver Broncos remained unclear after he met Thursday with team executives including General Manager John Elway and Chief Executive Joe Ellis.

A decision on the star quarterback's return for the upcoming season had been expected from Thursday's meeting, but that decision might not be Manning's to make.

The 38-year-old, who has undergone two previous neck surgeries and suffered a quadriceps injury last season that limited him down the stretch, will have to pass a physical before March 9, when his 2015 salary of $19 million becomes fully guaranteed.

Manning suffered the injury to his quad against the San Diego Chargers in Week 8. The all-time passing touchdown leader (521) didn't miss any games because of the injury but he was noticeably limited and saw a dip in his production.

After passing for 22 touchdowns and three interceptions, Manning went 17-12 through the final nine games of the season.

The Broncos were eliminated in the divisional round of the playoffs by the Indianapolis Colts in a game in which Manning completed 26 of 46 passes for 211 yards and one score.

If he is forced out of the game, No. 18 will finish with the second-most passing yards (69,691) and second-most completions (5,927) ever over 17 seasons of play, behind only Brett Favre. Those records could both be his with one more season.

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