DENVER - Peyton Manning wasn't in pads Wednesday when the Denver Broncos began preparations for the Washington Redskins. He has a minor ankle injury.
After stretching with his teammates, Manning donned his helmet but was strictly an observer as backup Brock Osweiler and No. 3 quarterback Zac Dysert took snaps during the first part of practice that was open to reporters.
Manning chatted with coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase while his teammates practiced.
Manning took some hard hits from former teammate Robert Mathis in the Broncos' 39-33 loss at Indianapolis on Sunday night but never came out of the game.
After practice, Fox told reporters Manning would participate in practice Thursday and will play on Sunday.
"Lots of guys further along in their careers that needed a little rest," he said.
Also skipping practice were Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Orlando Franklin, Champ Bailey, Chris Kuper, Shaun Phillips and Joel Dreessen,
When asked about his ankle after practice, Manning jokingly responded, "I know the government is shut down right now but I still firmly believe in HIPAA."
HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which allows people to keep their health matters private.
Manning may have been so engrossed in his preparation for the Colts game that he didn't realize the government shutdown ended last week.