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Peyton Manning's MRI is clear, should play Sunday for Broncos

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KUSA - An MRI done Monday morning on Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning did not reveal anything new, interim coach Jack Del Rio said Monday.

Del Rio said Manning is "ready to roll" to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs in Denver. The 6:30 p.m. kickoff will be live on Channel 9.

"We did get good news that there was nothing additional" to Manning's previous ankle troubles, Del Rio said.

Manning appeared to injure his right ankle on the last drive Sunday against San Diego. He stayed in the game, but afterward, Manning would not discuss specifically what he injured on the second-down play. He would only say it was "somewhere in that lower body area."

Del Rio said they thought Corey Liuget's hit on Manning was "questionable," and they have turned it in to the league for clarification. No penalty was called on the play.

"I don't think it's tricky," Del Rio said. "It's a rule: There are certain areas you can hit and certain areas that are supposed to be protected."

Manning said Sunday he "certainly" planned on playing against the Chiefs. Manning's backup is Brock Osweiler, who is in his second NFL season.

"I'm pretty sore, pretty sore," the 37-year-old Manning said Sunday. "They kind of got me twice in that lower area. I felt better coming into the game after the bye week, but I'm pretty sore."

The Broncos' first official injury report for Sunday's game against Kansas City is due Wednesday to the league. It is updated through the week. 

Manning missed his first practice as a Bronco earlier this season because of a minor right ankle injury sustained first against Jacksonville on Oct. 13 and re-aggravated Oct. 20 at Indianapolis. He didn't practice that Wednesday after the Colts loss, but worked with the team the rest of the week and started against Washington.

During that week, Manning said he was leery of injury reports and preferred not to discuss specifics of his injures. It's a sentiment he repeated Sunday.

"I feel like the injury report is very revealing to the opponent, as well as the folks in Vegas. So, I guess, it's somewhere in that lower body," Manning said. "I'd like to be able to shake it. I'd like to be able to feel good each week, but obviously it's part of football."

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