MRI finds no new damage to ankle of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning

DENVER - An MRI on the right ankle of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning found no additional damage, according to Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio.

"We did get good news," Del Rio said. "He'll [Manning] definitely play this week."

Mike Klis, a reporter covering the Broncos for our partners at The Denver Post, first reported he was told Manning's MRI showed an "aggravation of the right high ankle sprain," but "no new damage."

Del Rio said that Manning is ready to roll, but he may get an occasional day off here and there, as will other veterans on the team "when it makes sense."

Manning initially suffered the ankle injury last month in a game against Jacksonville, and it was aggravated the next game, Oct. 20, when he was blasted by Indianapolis Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis for a sack. Manning was blindsided again Sunday, this time by Chargers linebacker Tourek Williams, for a sack that induced a fumble.

Del Rio said he is concerned about Manning as the Broncos face division rival Kansas City this weekend. A team that is number one in quarterback sacks.

"We're definitely on high alert, wanting to protect our quarterback," Del Rio said.

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