Broncos' Manning to play with ankle injury

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The MRI determined the hit caused no further damage to Peyton Manning’s tender right ankle.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning (center) holds his ankle after a hit in the fourth quarter Sunday. The Broncos sent replays of the hit to the league office for review.  DENIS POROY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Denver quarterback Peyton Manning (center) holds his ankle after a hit in the fourth quarter Sunday. The Broncos sent replays of the hit to the league office for review.

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.”

TITANS: Quarterback Jake Locker will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot that may need surgery.

The quarterback was hurt in the second quarter of a 29-27 loss to Jacksonville at the end of an option play.

SEAHAWKS: Added wide receiver Percy Harvin to the 53-man roster.

Monday’s move was expected as Seattle had to add Harvin to the active roster or he would have to remain on the physically unable to perform list for the remainder of the season.

RAIDERS: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor has a sprained right knee.

Pryor revealed after the 24-20 loss Sunday that he played despite a sprained medial collateral ligament that he first injured last week and that got worse during the week.

VIKINGS: Wide receiver Jerome Simpson took part with a team in a light practice on Monday and apologized afterward for the attention he brought to the organization over the weekend following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

The Vikings play at Seattle this Sunday, and Simpson said he expects to participate.

But coach Leslie Frazier spoke in uncertain terms about Simpson’s availability against the Seahawks and beyond.

JETS: Reinstated tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., to the active roster, and he will be available to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.


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