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New England Patriots

Manning's absence extended as he's fitted with walking cast

Peyton Manning will spend the next week in a walking cast and is expected to miss at least two more games with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.

Manning missed the Denver Broncos' 17-15 win at Chicago last week when his longtime backup Brock Osweiler won his first NFL start. Manning stayed back in Denver to continue getting treatment.

On Monday, Manning flew to Charlotte, North Carolina, to seek a second opinion from renowned foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, who recommended the five-time MVP spend at least the next week in a walking cast before beginning additional rehab.

"We expect him to be unavailable for at least a couple of games,"...