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Broncos vs. Chiefs injury report: Manning returns to practice, and Sanders continues to sit out

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Here is your Thursday Injury report for the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning returned to practice on Thursday as expected. He sat out Wednesday's practice with a sore foot from playing on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium this past Sunday. Manning will be suited up to take on the division rival Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders continued to sit out Thursday's practice. He has been dealing with a bunch of injuries since Training Camp. He has battled hamstring, a shoulder, and now an ankle injury so far this season. I don't see Sanders missing Sunday's game, but another missed practice on Friday does add some doubt.

After a big performance Sunday, veteran tight end Owen Daniels likely received a "rest day" on Wednesday. Daniels returned to practice on Thursday. His status is not in doubt for Sunday's game.

Rookie first-round pick Shane Ray practiced again on Thursday. He is returning from an MCL injury that he suffered against the Cleveland Browns a few weeks ago. With two practices in this week, it is looking good that the Broncos will have their rookie pass rusher back this weekend.

The news wasn't as good for veteran linebacker DeMarcus Ware. He is suffering from a back injury and was the only player not present(likely undergoing treatment) during Thursday's practice. Look for Ware to sit out this weekend's game, and linebackers Shaquil Barrett and Shane Ray to replace him in the Broncos starting defensive lineup.



Denver Broncos

Player Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thur. Participation Fri. Participation Game Status
Owen Daniels TE Shoulder/Knee DNP LIMITED
Peyton Manning QB Foot DNP LIMITED
Emmanuel Sanders WR Ankle DNP DNP
DeMarcus Ware OLB Back DNP DNP
Jordan Norwood WR Hamstring LIMITED LIMITED
Shane Ray OLB Knee LIMITED LIMITED
Louis Vasquez OG Back LIMITED LIMITED
C.J. Anderson RB Ankle FULL FULL
Virgil Green TE Finger FULL FULL
Ryan Harris OT Knee FULL FULL
Ronnie Hillman RB Quadricep FULL FULL

Kansas City Chiefs

Player Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thur. Participation Fri. Participation Game Status
Tamba Hali LB Knee DNP FULL
Ben Grubbs OG Neck DNP DNP
Mike DeVito DE Concussion FULL FULL
Travis Kelce TE Groin FULL FULL
James O'Shaughnessy TE Foot -- -- LIMITED