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Peyton Manning opts out of NFL Pro Bowl due to quad injury

Peyton Manning enjoyed a record-breaking NFL season, but will not have the chance to wow fans at the Pro Bowl.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has pulled out of the NFL Pro Bowl because of a quadriceps injury that he battled in the play-offs.

Manning was deservedly voted to his 14th Pro Bowl following a campaign in which he broke the all-time record for career passing touchdowns.

However, the 38-year-old - severely hampered by torn quad - could not replicate his regular season play in the post-season as he and the Broncos lost to his old team the Indianapolis Colts 24-13 in the AFC divisional round.

It is not clear whether Manning will return for the 2015 season as he ponders retiring, but he will definitely not participate in the league's all-star game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona next Sunday.

"It's a great honor to be selected to the Pro Bowl, and I've always taken the obligation to play in it very seriously," Manning told the Denver Post.

"I've believed that, if healthy, it's a player's responsibility to play in the game because of what it means to be voted in by your peers and the fans.

"I'm disappointed that I'm just not healthy enough this year to be part of it. It's going to be tough not being down there with the other guys, but it hasn't had enough time to heal."

Manning missed last year's Pro Bowl because the Broncos were in the Super Bowl. His 14 Pro Bowl selections tie centre Bruce Matthews and tight end Tony Gonzalez for the most all-time.

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