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Del Rio: "No doubt" Manning will play Sunday

<p>Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will play in Sunday's AFC West showdown against Kansas City despite not practicing on Wednesday due to a sprained ankle.</p>

Englewood, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will play in Sunday's AFC West showdown against Kansas City despite not practicing on Wednesday due to a sprained ankle.

An MRI exam Monday revealed an aggravation of a high right ankle sprain that Manning had sustained earlier this season. Interim head coach Jack Del Rio said there was no new damage to the ankle.

When asked if Manning is still a definite to start against the Chiefs, Del Rio said, "No doubt. He participated a little bit at walk-through today but he'll be ready to roll on Sunday."

Manning took several rough hits during this past Sunday's game against San Diego and came up limping after a fourth-quarter completion that helped seal Denver's 28-20 victory.

Asked if he could play if the game was today, Manning responded, "Yeah. They're not going to Wednesday games yet, are they?"

"I was able to go to the walk-through but spent the rest of the time getting some treatment and was a part of all the meetings to get a head start on the mental aspect of things heading into this weekend," Manning said.

The four-time NFL MVP has the Broncos off to an 8-1 start heading into a matchup against the unbeaten Chiefs set for Sunday night in Denver. He has also put up incredible numbers in doing so.

In just nine games this season, Manning has completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,249 yards with 33 touchdowns and six interceptions.

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