Peyton Manning OK'd to play in Denver showdown with KC

Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:44pm EST
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(Reuters) - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning got the go-ahead to start on Sunday in an AFC West showdown against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs after undergoing tests on his sprained right ankle on Monday.

"There was nothing additional," interim head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters after Manning had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam on his already injured ankle. "Good results. He'll definitely play this week, so it's good news."

Kansas City (9-0) has used a ferocious defense and a steady, mistake-free offense to sit atop the AFC West with the Broncos (8-1) just one game back while featuring a high-powered passing attack with Manning at the controls.

Manning was hit five times and sacked twice in Sunday's 28-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers. He was slow to get up and walked with a pronounced limp after being tackled around his ankles late in the game.

Tests showed he had aggravated the injury, but sustained no new significant damage.

Del Rio said he would probably lighten Manning's work load during practice ahead of the game in Denver to give the quarterback additional time to heal.

"We'll work through that like we always do," the coach said. "He'll get an occasional day off. We'll decide when that makes sense. We do that with a lot of veteran guys."

Two other quarterbacks for playoff-contending teams are not expected to be available for Week 11 games.

Chicago Bears (5-4) coach Marc Trestman said Jay Cutler, who had returned to action in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions, would not start their upcoming game against the Baltimore Ravens (4-5) after injuring his left ankle.   Continued...

San Diego, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) celebrates with Denver Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio following a win against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Broncos won 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports