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Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has been playing injured for several weeks

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DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back to throw on what would be his 509th career touchdown pass in the second quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his 509th career touchdown pass in the second quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates on the sideline after throwing his NFL record 509th career touchdown pass with Demaryius Thomas #88, who caught the pass, in the second quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Linebacker Aaron Lynch #59 of the San Francisco 49ers congratulates quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos on his NFL-record 509th career touchdown pass in the second quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with teammates and the coaching staff on the sideline after throwing his NFL record 509th career touchdown pass in the second quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos smiles after throwing his NFL record 509th career touchdown pass in the second quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back to throw his 509th career touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos celebrates his 508th touchdown. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: The crowd celebrates Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos 508th touchdown. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos on the line in the first quarter. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos looks to pass during the first quarter. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos during the national anthem. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos, Wes Welker (83) of the Denver Broncos and Louis Vasquez (65) of the Denver Broncos during the national anthem. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Louis Vasquez (65) of the Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos, Colin Kaepernick (7) of the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Staley (74) of the San Francisco 49ers watch the coin toss before the game. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown with Peyton Manning #18 and Julius Thomas #80 in the first quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos emerges from the tunnel before a game between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Denver Broncos fans Tim Baker and Liz Branson hold a sign showing their support for Peyton Manning #18 (not pictured) before a game between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws as he warms up before a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

It has now been revealed why legendary Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has not looked like himself for several games.

Manning played the final month of the season and Sunday's playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts with a torn right quad muscle, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The revelation comes after a stunning one-sided defeat to his former team and quarterback Andrew Luck, whom the Colts drafted in 2011 to replace the aging icon.

The Colts infamously cut Manning shortly after the 2011 season, which he missed while recovering from multiple neck operations.

Indianapolis then drafted Luck, a college star at Stanford, and threw him right into a starting role as a rookie.

Manning has continued to compete at a high level despite being only months shy of his 39th birthday, but Luck's rise to stardom has been meteoric.

The Broncos signal caller struggled to answer if this week's defeat would be his last game, leaving many to speculate he has one foot out the retirement door.

Previous reports suggested Manning was suffering from a thigh injury while going 26 of 46 for only 211 yards and one touchdown, which came on the game's opening drive.

Manning hinted at the thigh but made no mention of the quad, which would severely impact one-time Super Bowl champion's ability to throw the ball since he is right-handed.

It is not clear how Manning tore the muscle because the Broncos have not publicly commented on the injury.

AOL Sports was not immediately able to reach team officials for further comment.

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SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a 35 yard game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Richard Rodgers #89 of the Green Bay Packers makes a catch against Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: The Green Bay Packers huddle in the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 18: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots runs for a touchdown against Vontae Davis #21 of the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter of the 2015 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 18: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots makes a catch against LaRon Landry #30 of the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter of the 2015 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 18: Colts Daniel Herron misses a catch in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium Sunday, January 18, 2015. AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 18: Patriots quarterback Brady celebrates Blount's touchdown in 3rd quarter action during the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on January 18, 2015. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Broncos running back C.J. Anderson breaks through a tackle by Colts safety LaRon Landry to convert a fourth down on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (Michael Ciaglo/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 11: T.J. Ward (43) of the Denver Broncos celebrates after blocking a third down pass by Andrew Luck (12) of the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter. The Denver Broncos played the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC divisional playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on January 11, 2015. (Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 11: Wes Welker #83 of the Denver Broncos attempts to make a catch as Darius Butler #20 of the Indianapolis Colts defends during a 2015 AFC Divisional Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 11, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Broncos safety Rahim Moore intercepts a ball intended for Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (Michael Ciaglo/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots throws a touchdown pass to Danny Amendola #80 during the second half of the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Brian Tyms #84, Shane Vereen #34, and Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots react after Edelman caught a touchdown pass during the second half of the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Duron Harmon #30 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass late in the game during the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots makes a catch in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after rushing for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Baltimore avens during the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 10: Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks intercepts a ball intended for Philly Brown #16 of the Carolina Panthers thrown by Cam Newton #1 in the first quarter during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at CenturyLink Field on January 10, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 10: Luke Willson #82 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after scoring a 25 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at CenturyLink Field on January 10, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a would be catch over Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) late in the fourth quarter on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The play was ruled a catch but was overturned via instant replay. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 11: Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers breaks up a pass intended for Terrance Williams #83 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter of the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 11, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 11: Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers attempts to take down Terrance Williams #83 of the Dallas Cowboys, as he runs the football in for a touchdown in the second quarter, during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 11, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 11: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys recovers his fumble against Julius Peppers #56 of the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 11, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 4: Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Vontae Davis #21 of the Indianapolis Colts during the game on January 4, 2015 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 4: T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts is unable to make the catch as he is defended by Terence Newman #23 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the game on January 4, 2015 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 04: Jack Doyle #84 of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled by Rey Maualaga #58 of the Cincinnati Bengals during their AFC Wild Card game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 04: Greg Toler #28 of the Indianapolis Colts breaks up a pass to Bradon Tate #19 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half during their AFC Wild Card game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 03: Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens catches an interception between his legs in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers during their AFC Wild Card game at Heinz Field on January 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 03: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a catch as Jeromy Miles #36 of the Baltimore Ravens defends during their AFC Wild Card game at Heinz Field on January 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 3: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers scrambles against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game on January 3, 2015 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 3: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers pitches the ball back against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game on January 3, 2015 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) and the Arizona Cardinals' Deone Bucannon (36) collide after Benjamin missed a pass during the second half in NFC Wild Card playoff action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. The Panthers won, 27-16. (David T. Foster, III/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker (43) breaks free of Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson (26) to score on a 39-yard touchdown catch and run during the third quarter in NFC Wild Card playoff action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. The Panthers won, 27-16. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03: Melvin White #23 of the Carolina Panthers defends a pass to Ted Ginn #19 of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2nd half during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) eludes Detroit Lions outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) during the third quarter on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 04: Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions fumbles the ball after being sacked by defensive end Demarcus Lawrence #90 of the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter during a NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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