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Broncos Injury Update: Foot soreness sidelines Peyton Manning


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Having already been ruled out for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, quarterback Peyton Manning was scratched from Friday's practice after feeling some soreness in his foot earlier in the day.

"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.


The Broncos put their final touches on practice preparation for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

ALSO RULED OUT FOR SUNDAY **were safeties Omar Bolden and T.J. Ward and outside linebacker Lerentee McCray.

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 Darian Stewart did not practice all week because of a hamstring injury, he was on the sideline watching for all three days and is listed as questionable. There is precedent this year for a Bronco to not practice and still start and play extensively; left guard Evan Mathis did that in Week 6.

On the positive side, safety David Bruton Jr. is probable to play Sunday. After seeing limited work in the last three practices, Bruton had a full practice workload Friday. It was his first full participation since he injured his knee against the Chargers on Dec. 6. '


... RB C.J. Anderson saw limited work for a second consecutive day, but is expected to play Sunday, although he will be listed as questionable. "I think he's fine. He practiced [well] today," Kubiak said. "We should be back at full strength at that spot."

... OLB Lerentee McCray was ruled out for Sunday because of a hamstring injury. McCray did not practice this week.

... TE Owen Daniels was upgraded from limited to full participation Friday, and is probable for Sunday because of a knee injury.

... ILB Todd Davis practiced for the first time this week Friday after missing the previous two days with a shoulder injury. He is questionable for Sunday.

... WRs Bennie Fowler and Andre Caldwell are both questionable with ankle and quadriceps injuries, respectively. Both had limited participation in each day of practice this week.

... In addition to Daniels and Bruton, seven other Broncos had injuries but are probable for Sunday's game: OT Ryan Harris (knee), RB Ronnie Hillman (foot), WR Emmanuel Sanders (finger), ILB Danny Trevathan (concussion), DE Vance Walker (shoulder), OLB DeMarcus Ware (back) and NT Sylvester Williams (ankle).

... DE Malik Jackson and WR Demaryius Thomas are also listed as probable. Both do not have injuries, but did not practice Thursday. Thomas practiced Friday after getting a veteran's off-day Thursday, while Jackson returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday's work to be present at the birth of his child.

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