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Quarterback health check: Manning probable, Ponder looking good, Pryor out?

Eric Edholm
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Matt McGloin could make his first NFL start for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday (USA Today Sports Images)

The NFL has a slew of backups-turned-starters at quarterback currently playing, with Josh McCown, Nick Foles, Case Keenum and Scott Tolzien going back under center for their respective teams as injury replacements.

But there are a few other health-related loose ends at the position, league-wide, in Week 11.

First, in the not-so-stunning-news department, all signs point to Peyton Manning starting for the Denver Broncos. He has said it, Jack Del Rio has said it and the Kansas City Chiefs are not preparing for Brock Osweiler one bit, you can guarantee. But that doesn't mean Manning's high-ankle sprain won't be a factor in the game, and it remains a situation to watch if the Chiefs can pressure him early and often.

Second, it's looking pretty solid that Christian Ponder will be able to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks and fight through his shoulder pain, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

"Honestly it's a lot better than I expected to be all week," he said Thursday. "I was a little pessimistic about what was going to happen over the weekend. I was very uncomfortable. I woke up Monday and Tuesday and I kept feeling better and better. Our training staff has done such a great job of getting me to feel better. So I threw it around a lot more than I expected to [Wednesday]. And each day it's going to keep getting better.''

But the far more tenuous situation is with the Oakland Raiders and Terrelle Pryor. With Pryor's knee acting up in advance of Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, it could come down to undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, who took all the first-team snaps on Friday, to make his first NFL start.

Pryor officially is listed as questionable, making him a 50-50 shot to play, but at this point all signs point to McGloin starting.

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