NFL: Peyton Manning passed fit for Kansas City showdown

Last Updated: 12/11/13 5:44pm

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Peyton Manning in action against San Diego on Sunday

Peyton Manning in action against San Diego on Sunday

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will start in Sunday's highly-anticipated showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will start in Sunday's highly-anticipated showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Manning underwent tests on his sprained right ankle on Monday but scans showed no serious damage from Sunday's bruising 28-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Manning was hit five times and sacked twice in the game and walked with a pronounced limp after being tackled around his ankles late in the game.

"There was nothing additional," interim head coach Jack Del Rio said. "Good results. He'll definitely play this week, so it's good news."

Manning can expect another tough match with Kansas City (9-0) whose incredible start to the season is based on ferocious defence and a steady, mistake-free offence.

The Broncos, with the great Manning at the controls, are just a game behind at 8-1.

Del Rio said he would probably lighten Manning's work load during practice ahead of the game in Denver to give the quarterback additional time to heal.

"We'll work through that like we always do," the coach said. "He'll get an occasional day off. We'll decide when that makes sense. We do that with a lot of veteran guys."

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