MRI shows no damge to Manning’s ankle
(AP) — The MRI determined the hit caused no further damage to Peyton Manning’s tender right ankle.
Now, Manning and the Broncos are curious what the NFL thinks of that hit.
Interim coach Jack Del Rio said the Broncos have sent replays to the league offices of Corey Liuget’s dive at Manning’s ankles in the closing minutes of Denver’s 28-20 win over San Diego.
“In the rules, there are certain areas you can hit and certain areas that are supposed to be protected,” Del Rio said Monday. “And we thought that got into an area that was supposed to be protected.”
Manning, whose ankles have been hurting since games against Jacksonville and Indianapolis last month, stayed down after Liuget dove at him following a completed pass that iced the game with 1:44 left. Manning limped through the rest of the game and in the locker room afterward.
An MRI on Monday showed no further damage to the ankle, which was heavily taped throughout the Chargers game. Del Rio said Manning would play next Sunday in Denver’s AFC West showdown against Kansas City. The quarterback’s practice schedule will be determined later in the week.
“But he’ll definitely play this week,” Del Rio said. “He’s ready to roll and that’s good news.”