While the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs were resting this weekend, their next opponent, the Denver Broncos, were locked in a tough matchup with the San Diego Chargers.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos pulled out a 28-20 win to move their record to 8-1, but the quarterback was knocked around. Some of those hits were bad enough to earn Manning an MRI on Monday, with a low shot late in the game by Corey Liuget proving to be one of the worst.
They got me twice in that lower area,” Manning told reporters after the game. “I felt better coming into the game after the bye week, but I’m pretty sore.”
That hit by Liuget gave Manning enough trouble the Broncos trainers had to come out on the field and Denver needed to use a timeout to keep their star in the game.
Some in the media reported Manning was limping in the locker room after the game, but if the injury was specific to his foot, ankle or knee he wasn’t saying.
“Lower body, [I] feel like the injury report is very revealing to the opponent as well as the folks in Vegas, so I guess somewhere in that lower body.”
Aiming for that lower body next weekend will be Kansas City linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, who have combined for 20 sacks through nine games.
Obviously they will need to see what the MRI reveals, but right now Manning has no intentions of missing next Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.
“I definitely plan on it.”