Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning walks off the field after the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Peyton Manning Misses First Practice With Broncos, Will Return Thursday

The Denver Broncos were without Peyton Manning at practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury. It’s unknown when Manning suffered the injury, but John Fox said the team was just giving it some rest, and the injury is not serious. This is the first practice that Manning has missed since arriving in Denver.

“I can assure you I didn’t go down without a fight,” Manning said of consulting with team trainer  Steve “Greek” Antonopulos.

Fox said that Manning will return for Thursday’s practice.

All was not lost with Manning’s absence. “Plan B” QB Brock Osweiler got plenty of reps.

“I thought Brock conducted himself well today,” Fox said. “It was a good experience for him.”

There were plenty of other notables held out of today’s practice including Champ Bailey (foot), Eric Decker (toe), Wes Welker (ankle), Orlando Franklin (ankle), Joel Dreessen (knee), Chris Kuper (ankle), and Shaun Phillips (hamstring).

It’s a bit concerning seeing Dreessen out with a knee injury and Kuper out with an ankle injury. Both men missed the bulk of camp and preseason dealing with these ailments.

It looks like the bye is coming at the right time.

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