The Denver quarterback met Rainey, who had part of his right leg amputated after an injury in September, before the Broncos lost to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.
“I’m excited, I guess, to meet someone that famous,” said Rainey, the highly-rated Virginia prep quarterback who was severely injured in a scrimmage. “It’s nice that he can take time out of his day to help other people out. I appreciate it.”
Regarded as a can’t-miss major college prospect out of Woodberry Forrest School, Rainey suffered a severe knee injury that also severed an artery in his right leg. He underwent several operations until it was finally determined doctors had no choice but to amputate.
PANTHERS: Quarterback Cam Newton broke Peyton Manning’s record for the most passing yards in a rookie season on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Newton surpassed Manning’s record of 3,379 yards, set in 1998, in his team’s 48-16 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
VIKINGS: Running back Adrian Peterson was scheduled for an MRI late Saturday after taking a direct hit to his left knee in a 33-26 win over the Washington Redskins.
Coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson had a sprained knee and would be evaluated after the team returned to Minnesota.
“It’s such a special person that you want to be right before you prognosticate on what might be,” Frazier said.
Peterson said he knew “it was something bad” the moment he was hit and that he was in “severe pain” on he lay on the field. He was hurt when tackled by Redskins safety DeJon Gomes in the second half.
COWBOYS: Quarterback Tony Romo banged his passing hand on a defender’s helmet at the end of his first series Saturday.
X-rays showed no damage. He returned and threw a few wobbly warm-up passes on the sideline, got his hand wrapped and traded his helmet for a baseball cap. His injury was described as a bruise.
Stephen McGee replaced Romo at the start of the second series.