The results from Peyton Manning’s MRI showed no new damage on Monday morning to his sprained right ankle, and that means that Manning will start as the Denver Broncos quarterback against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
The information about Manning comes from a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not confirmed anything about the quarterback. Interim head coach Jack Del Rio will hold a press conference.
Manning was “pretty sore,” Sunday evening after some particularly hard hits in Denver’s 28-20 win against the San Diego Chargers. He was wrapped up by the ankle in a first-half sack by linebacker Larry English, and Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget got into Manning’s lower legs after he delivered a throw to Demaryius Thomas just after the two-minute warning. Liuget was not penalized on the play.
Monday’s MRI was not the first this season for Manning, who initially injured his right ankle against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6. He didn’t miss any practice time until after Denver’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 20, after which an MRI revealed a sprained ankle.
Manning rested through the Broncos’ bye week and said he was feeling better heading into Sunday’s game at San Diego.
“I’d like to be able to shake it. I’d like to be able to feel good each week,” Manning said Sunday evening. “But obviously, it’s part of football.”
Other than the entire 2011 season, when Manning was sidelined while recovering from a series of neck surgeries, he has not missed a start in his career.
Denver’s backup quarterback is 2012 second-round pick Brock Osweiler, who has only played sparingly in mop-up duty since being drafted.