Banged-up Manning misses Broncos’ practice

Updated: November 13, 2013, 1:57 PM ET

Jeff Legwold |

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As interim coach Jack Del Rio had hinted at earlier this week, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was not on the field for the beginning of Wednesday’s practice.

Manning, who aggravated a right ankle injury in Sunday’s win over the San Diego Chargers, was not in drills during the first 20 minutes of practice as Brock Osweiler was set to work with the starters.

Del Rio said Monday that Manning would likely get “an occasional day off here and there” over the course of the season. The four-time MVP is expected to practice later in the week and play in Sunday night’s showdown against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

Manning, who was hit low by Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget in the closing minutes of Sunday’s 28-20 victory, was taken for an MRI on Monday morning. The exam showed no new damage to a high ankle sprain he suffered Oct. 13 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Manning had also had his right ankle twisted awkwardly by Chargers outside linebacker Larry English earlier in Sunday’s game.

“I’m pretty sore,” Manning said after the game. “They got me twice in that lower area. I felt better coming into the game after the bye week, but I’m pretty sore.”

Manning was hit by Liuget just after completing a pass to Demaryius Thomas for a first down in the game’s closing minutes. Manning stayed on the ground following the play, and Broncos trainers briefly looked at his ankle. Manning was also flexing his right knee during the timeout that followed the play.

Manning finished the game but was limping slightly in the locker room afterward.

  • Covered Broncos for nine years for Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News
  • Previously covered Steelers, Bills and Titans
  • Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame Board
    of Selectors since 1999

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