Del Rio: 'No doubt' Manning to play Sunday

Nov. 13, 2013 at 4:56 PM
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Denver quarterback Peyton Manning missed practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury but "no doubt" will play Sunday, Broncos interim Coach Jack Del Rio said.

Manning sat out Wednesday's workout due to a sprained right ankle, an old injury that the quarterback aggravated in last Sunday's game.

The Broncos play host to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night. The Chiefs (9-0) have the best record in the NFL while Denver is 8-1 and a game behind in the AFC West. The teams are to play each other again Dec. 1 in Kansas City, Mo.

Manning's status has been a concern since he came up limping after throwing a pass that helped the Broncos defeat the San Diego Chargers 28-20 last week.

Asked if Manning would be available Sunday, Del Rio said: "No doubt. He participated a little bit at walk-through today but he'll be ready to roll on Sunday."

Manning said Wednesday, "I was able to go to the walk-through but spent the rest of the time getting some treatment and was a part of all the meetings to get a head start on the mental aspect of things heading into this weekend."

Manning has completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,249 yards and 3 touchdowns this season.

Del Rio is filling in for Broncos Coach John Fox, who is in North Carolina recovering from surgery to replace a heart valve.

Fox said Tuesday in a conference call with Denver-area media that he would return to Denver as soon as he was cleared to fly. He said he set a goal of being on the Bronco's sideline by the end of the season.

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