ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — It looks like the Chiefs wont be facing another backup quarterback on Sunday night.
MRI tests on Denver quarterback Peyton Mannings lower leg revealed no new structural damage, interim Broncos coach Jack Del Rio said Monday. Manning, the NFLs leader in passing yards and touchdowns, was assisted by trainers a day earlier after being hit late in a game at San Diego.
The Broncos, 8-1, play host to the 9-0 Chiefs at 7:30 p.m. on NBCs Sunday Night Football.
Hell definitely play this week, hes ready to roll, and that was great news, said Del Rio, Denvers defensive coordinator, who has assumed head coaching duties while John Fox recovers from heart surgery.
While Manning was throwing the final pass in a 28-20 win over the Chargers, San Diego lineman Corey Liuget hit the quarterback around the ankles. Manning was noticeably limping as he finished the game.
Manning, who originally hurt both ankles last month, had an MRI on Monday morning.
The Chiefs last five victories have come against teams starting either backup or inexperienced quarterbacks: Tennessees Ryan Fitzpatrick, Oaklands Terrelle Pryor, Houstons Case Keenum, Clevelands Jason Campbell and Buffalos Jeff Tuel.