Peyton Manning was the victim of an Internet hoax over the weekend. Rumors spread that the Denver Broncos quarterback had broken both of his legs in a car accident. Thankfully for football fans, this report is indeed false.
The hoax began because of a fake news story posted online. The report stated:
"A spokesperson for the Denver highway safety authority (HSA) has confirmed that Peyton Manning has broken both of his legs in a traffic altercation. He has been transported via ambulance to a local Denver hospital for treatment, and the full extent of his injuries are not known at this time, however, both of his legs were visibly broken and not life threatening according to sources."
In fact, these fake accident stories are all-too-common nowadays. Last month, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees also supposedly broke both his legs in a car crash. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was also the victim of a similar hoax back in February.
While this Manning story is thankfully untrue, the Broncos did suffer a major injury over the weekend. Center Dan Koppen, who is responsible for snapping the ball to Manning on every offensive play, tore his anterior cruciate ligament during practice. Koppen will likely miss the rest of the season. New Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is also dealing with a sore hip that may require surgery. The wideout is currently seeking a second opinion on the matter.
This Manning story is not the only Internet hoax involving a celebrity that went viral over the weekend. Twitter reports circulated that actor Jackie Chan had died while performing a stunt for an upcoming movie. This too appears to be false.