Peyton Manning Back At Practice Thursday

By: Eddie Pells, AP National Writer
By: Eddie Pells, AP National Writer

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) _ Peyton Manning is back on the practice field for the Denver Broncos as they prepare for an AFC West showdown against Kansas City.

The Denver quarterback missed Wednesday's practice while his sore right ankle heals, but he was out with his teammates and in uniform Thursday.

Manning had an MRI on Monday that revealed no further damage to the ankle. Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said Manning will play for certain Sunday night when Denver (8-1) meets Kansas City (9-0) with first place in the division on the line.

Manning said sitting out of practice was not his preference but something he had to do in the best interest of the team.

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Wednesday:

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) _ Peyton Manning was a no-show to start practice Wednesday with the Denver Broncos.

Manning is nursing a sore right ankle after taking a hit from Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget last Sunday.

The Broncos reported no further damage to Manning's ankle after an MRI on Monday. Interim coach Jack Del Rio said the quarterback's status for practice would be determined later in the week but that Manning would definitely play Sunday night against Kansas City.

Manning has been dealing with sore ankles since last month when he took hits in games against Jacksonville and Indianapolis in back-to-back weeks.

The 16th-year veteran was held out of a Wednesday practice three weeks ago, before a game against the Redskins. He played that game and threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns.


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