CHIEFS NOTEBOOK

Broncos QB Peyton Manning expects to return to practice on Thursday

Updated: 2013-11-14T06:37:24Z

By RANDY COVITZ

The Kansas City Star

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sat out Wednesday’s practice because of an ankle injury, but he expects to return to the field today in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.

Manning, who suffered the ankle injury late in last Sunday’s win at San Diego, said he underwent treatment on Wednesday and has no doubt about being ready for Sunday’s nationally televised showdown for the AFC West lead.

“I feel fine,” Manning said during a conference call with Kansas City reporters. “I took a day to rehab and use the time to get better.”

Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said Manning participated in the team’s walkthrough before sitting out practice.

Manning, a 16-year veteran, is one player who could probably get by without a lot of practice, though Del Rio said, “We prefer to have them all practice.”

McCluster limited

Chiefs wide receiver/punt returner Dexter McCluster was listed as limited in practice due to an ankle injury, which probably was a factor in the club’s claiming Kyle Williams on Wednesday.

Backup defensive end Mike Catapano was also limited with an ankle.

Wide receiver Donnie Avery (shoulder), tight end Anthony Fasano (knee/ankle), tight end Sean McGrath (knee), linebacker Dezman Moses (toe) and fullback Anthony Sherman (knee/calf) were full participants.

The Broncos said besides Manning, defensive end Robert Ayers (non-injury related), linebacker Nate Irving (shoulder), and tight end Joel Dreessen (knee) did not practice. Cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) and wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle) were limited.

Second time around

The Chiefs and Broncos will meet twice in three weeks, and the Chiefs don’t expect it to get any easier in the Dec. 1 rematch at Arrowhead Stadium.

“Win or lose this game, it’s going to be even harder the second game,” said Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson. “That’s how it is in the NFL. When things work the first time, they probably won’t work when you come back and play them again.”

How big a game is it?

Sunday’s game between the Chiefs and Broncos is the first in 44 years (and fifth in NFL history) between clubs with records of 9-0 and 8-1 or better.

The last such matchup was in 1969, when the 11-0 Los Angeles Rams lost 20-13 to the 10-1 Minnesota Vikings, who played in the Super Bowl later that season. Two weeks earlier, the 9-0 Rams edged the 8-1 Dallas Cowboys 24-23.

To reach Randy Covitz, send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/randycovitz.

Deal Saver Subscribe today!

Comments

The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Kansas City Star uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here