Nov 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - Peyton Manning did not practice in full Wednesday as the Denver Broncos' quarterback continues to find time to rest his ankle sprain.
Manning, who went through the walk-through and stretching periods, was barely touched by Kansas City in the Broncos' win Sunday, and staying upright kept his high-ankle sprain out of danger.
Interim head coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday after practice that Manning sitting out Wednesday full practices could become a trend.
"Possibly," Del Rio said when asked if Wednesdays off would become the norm for Manning. "I'm not going to try to characterize it in a way where he will always or won't. That's how we approached it today. It's kind of day-by-day. We just do what we think's best for the guys."
Last week both said the 37-year-old quarterback would have off a few practices as they go into the final stretch of the regular season. He re-aggravated the right ankle injury in the Nov. 10 game at San Diego.
The Broncos ran the ball more Sunday, in part to help protect Manning and balance out the offense. He said Wednesday that he sees it happening more the rest of the season.
"We do want to emphasis running the football from this point on. ... I think it helps our team," Manning said. "It provides some balance for our offensive line where a team is not just pinning their ears back rushing the passer every single play. They have to honor the run."
Also not practicing Wednesday were wide receiver Wes Welker (concussion) and tight end Julius Thomas (knee).
"I think Wes wants to be out there every single week," Manning said. "he wants to be out there for the fourth preseason game if the team would let him play."
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday his defense can't focus on trying to stop just Manning.
"You can't just shut down one guy and think that will come anywhere close to stopping it," Belichick said. "They have way too many guys that will kill ya."
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