On Wednesday, Peyton Manning lost a fight. He wanted to practice, he said, but Broncos trainer Steve Antonopulos wouldn't have it. The quarterback hurt his ankle in Indianapolis — coach John Fox did not say when in the game — and he needed an extra day to recover.
Fox would not say which ankle it was, and Manning wouldn't give any details as to how it's feeling.
"I know the government is shut down right, but I still very firmly believe in HIPAA," Manning said, jokingly. (He obviously hasn't tuned into the latest political news.)
Manning said he'll be back out at practice on Thursday, which should rule out any concern about his status for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.
The quarterback wasn't the only casualty of the Broncos' physical loss in Indianapolis on Sunday; eight players in total missed the practice.
Both cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) and offensive tackle Orlando Franklin (ankle) took part in stretching but did not participate in the workout.
Bailey left the field almost immediately after stretching, and Franklin spent time walking and skipping up and down the sideline.
Guard Chris Kuper (ankle) was not present for the practice, nor were receivers Wes Welker (ankle) and Eric Decker (toe), tight end Joel Dreessen (knee) and defensive end Shaun Phillips (hamstring).
Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein was limited with a groin injury, as was linebacker Wesley Woodyard with a neck injury.
New practice-squad member Chad Bumphis was present and saw plenty of reps, what with the lack of receivers.
The Broncos were in full pads for the practice.
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