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Manning sits out Broncos' practice

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning did not practice with the team Wednesday because of an ankle injury but is expected to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Manning was on the field but not wearing pads or participating in drills as the Broncos began preparations for the Redskins.

"It's nothing serious, just sore," coach John Fox said. "We wanted to make sure it was healed up."

Fox was unsure when Manning got hurt, and he refused to say which ankle was ailing. "I don't have to tell you that," he said with a laugh.

Manning said sitting out practice wasn't easy for him.

"I can assure you I didn't go down without a fight, but hopefully use the day to get a little better, feel a little better (Thursday) and look forward to hopefully being out there (Thursday)," Manning said.

The Denver Post reported that Manning received treatment on the ankle.

Also missing practice were wide receivers Eric Decker and Wes Welker, guard Chris Kuper, tackle Orlando Franklin, linebacker Shaun Phillips, cornerback Champ Bailey and tight end Joel Dreessen.

The Broncos (6-1) lost for the first time this season on Sunday night, falling 39-33 to the Colts in Manning's return to Indianapolis. Manning threw for three touchdowns and one interception while completing 29 of 49 passes for 386 yards.

Manning was hit repeatedly during the game and took one particularly hard shot from former teammate Robert Mathis on a safety.
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