Peyton Manning, Duke Ihenacho, and 11 other Broncos are listed as probable for Sunday night's showdown with the visiting first-place Chiefs.
But as Jack Del Rio put it Friday, he'd list his quarterback's status as "definite," if that were possible on NFL injury reports.
Denver's full roster practiced, but Champ Bailey continued to work with the scout team, and is listed as doubtful.
Peyton Manning, Joel Dreessen, and Nate Irving returned to practice Thursday, albeit in a limited fashion. Champ Bailey and Duke Ihenacho practiced again, but were again limited.
Manning had been sidelined Wednesday to rest his ailing right ankle, which was heavily taped during practice. He also wore a glove on his throwing hand, perhaps in anticipation of cold conditions at SAF@MH on Sunday night.
Peyton Manning rested his ailing right ankle on Wednesday, while Champ Bailey returned to practice, albeit in a limited fashion.
Nate Irving (shoulder) and Joel Dreessen (knee) were also held out, while Robert Ayers got the day off with his wife expecting the birth of their first child.
Demaryius Thomas has been named the AFC Offensive POW for his three-touchdown performance at San Diego.
Thomas capped three straight Denver possessions with scoring receptions, tying him for the most in a single game by a Bronco.
It was pretty obvious while watching Broncos/Chargers that Peyton Manning first aggravated his high right ankle sprain on Larry English's twisting second quarter sack.
Of course, Corey Liuget's fourth-quarter dive at Manning's legs got more attention, but even after these two limp-inducing hits, Manning will play Sunday against Kansas City.
During a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, John Fox said he's "feeling better every day," and hopes to be back to the Broncos' sideline before the end of the season.
As had been speculated by a cardiologist at DHMC last week, Fox says the condition that spurred his aortic valve replacement was a congenital defect.
As they prep for their (the NFL's?) biggest game of the year so far, the Chiefs have their first significant distraction.
Dwayne Bowe, the team's top wideout, was arrested Sunday, accused of speeding and possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana.
Like most games in Kansas City, the rematch with the Chiefs was supposed to kick off at 1pm ET.
Peyton Manning is likely to be limited in practice this week, but "absolutely will play" on Sunday night against the Chiefs, after an MRI turned up no new damage to his injured ankle.
Manning originally suffered a high right ankle sprain in Week 6 against Jacksonville, and aggravated the injury at Indianapolis in Week 7, and again yesterday at San Diego.
Peyton Manning says he's feeling "pretty sore" after enduring a pair of low hits during Denver's 28-20 win over San Diego, and will undergo an MRI on Monday.
Early in the second quarter, Peyton was sacked for a six-yard loss by Larry English, who grabbed Manning around the ankles and twisted him down to the ground.