Peyton sits out practice, Welker progressing

Updated: November 20, 2013, 5:12 PM ET

Jeff Legwold |

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning hinted last week he may take a day off from time to time during the team’s practice week and Wednesday was that day.

Manning, who wore a brace on his ailing right ankle in Sunday night’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs, sat out Wednesday’s workout, though he did participate in the Broncos’ walk-through earlier in the day.

He is expected to practice through the remainder of the week.

“You always like to be out there,” Manning said. “Just kind of following [head trainer Steve Antonopulos” and the doctors’ orders.”

Wide receiver Wes Welker is working under the guidelines of the league’s concussion protocol, which meant despite passing a baseline cognitive exam Monday, he was held out of practice Wednesday. Under the protocol he can participate in the “non-contact” parts of Broncos practice on Thursday and could take part in the full practice Friday.

“He’s working through the protocol and they’re increasing activity as he clears hurdles and all that,” acting head coach Jack Del Rio said. “And when they give him the green light we’ll get him out there.”

Welker suffered a concussion after a 20-yard catch-and-run play in Sunday’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs. He initially left the game, returned for four plays and made one more catch, and was pulled from the remainder of the game at that point.

If Welker participates in Thursday’s practice on a limited basis, he likely would be on track to play Sunday in New England.

Tight end Julius Thomas (right knee) and tight end Joel Dreessen (left knee) were also held out of practice.

Dreessen has routinely been held out of Wednesday practices since having two knee procedures done in the offseason. Thomas suffered his injury late in the third quarter.

Cornerback Champ Bailey (left foot) practiced on a limited basis.

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