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Broncos Injury Update: Manning returns; Sanders still sidelined


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --One day after foot soreness kept him out, QB Peyton Manning was back throwing as the Broncos began their lone full-pad practice of the week at midday Thursday.

But Manning was not able to throw to WR Emmanuel Sanders, who watched practice from the sideline for a second consecutive day because of an ankle injury.

Sanders has battled myriad injuries since the preseason to his hamstring, shoulder and now his ankle, but he has yet to miss a regular-season game and has only sat out a handful of series.

He hobbled to the sideline after being hurt on the first play last Sunday in Indianapolis, but quickly returned.

"I'd say there's concerns, but I'll tell you what: I think he'll get there [to play Sunday]. My gut tells me he'll get there," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said.

"We knew we were going to go through a week like this, and my expectations are for him to do some stuff tomorrow and then I know he'll push to play Sunday. We'll see. But, yeah, I think we expected it to go this way this week."

Kubiak said he expected Sanders to practice "a little bit" Friday.

TE Owen Daniels returned to practice after missing Wednesday's work because of shoulder and knee problems.

OLB Shane Ray also practiced; he has now worked two consecutive days in his return from a sprained medial collateral ligament. Thursday's session was expected to be crucial in determining his potential availability for this weekend's game against the Chiefs.

"He looked good," Kubiak said. "Full practice, and he was taking scout team [repetitions] and special teams, too. It's not like he was limited in anything he's done. All indications are that he should be there on Sunday, if there's no setbacks."

OLB DeMarcus Ware (back spasms) was the only Broncos player who was not at Thursday's practice.

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