ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Having already been ruled out for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, quarterback
"He came in this morning and was a little sore, so we just said, 'OK, we'll stop for the weekend and we'll go from there,' so we'll pick back up on Monday," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. "It just happened this morning, so it's a decision we made with what we're doing."
Manning threw passes Wednesday and Thursday, working in individual and seven-on-seven periods, and also had some scout-team repetitions. Those two practices represented his most extensive work since he left the Chiefs game Nov. 15 midway through the third quarter because of a plantar fascia tear.
Kubiak added that having Friday's practice outside after two days inside the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse had no impact on the decision to hold him out.
Manning will travel with the team to Pittsburgh, and Kubiak expects that he will be on the sideline during the game, although he could sit upstairs.
Ward had not practiced all week as he focused on rehabilitation work with strength and conditioning coaches. He has not played since injuring his ankle Nov. 29 against the Patriots.
"With T.J., what we wanted to do this week was work him, but we knew it was probably not going to be with the team. I think he is ready to go back next Wednesday," Kubiak said. "I think the progress has been good. He needed another week, so we'll get him that."
Safety Omar Bolden's hamstring injury flared up on him early in Thursday's practice. He did not practice at all on Friday.
"We thought he'd be ready to go," Kubiak said. "He practiced on Wednesday, came out on Thursday and went about five minutes and said it was bothering him, so we shut him down."
Although fellow safety
On the positive side, safety
OTHER INJURY NOTES:
... OLB Lerentee McCray was ruled out for Sunday because of a hamstring injury. McCray did not practice this week.
... In addition to Daniels and Bruton, seven other Broncos had injuries but are probable for Sunday's game: OT
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