With the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs next on the schedule, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sat out the week's first practice to rest his tender ankles -- which make him feel like the James Caan character in the movie "Misery," as Jim Nantz recounted Manning telling him.

"It's my preference to be out there, but at the same time, I kind of do what's best for the team in order for me to get healthy," said Manning.

Not that giving a 16-year veteran a day off every now and then is all that unusual -- or that giving Denver's "Plan B," backup Brock Osweiler, some much-needed work with the first team is such a bad idea.

But Manning does not take kindly to missing practices, as he told his coach and trainer three weeks ago, when his balky ankle (or ankles, depending on whom you talk to) made him a scratch for the first time as a Bronco in a regular-season practice.

This time, he said he'd been pretty much resigned to sitting out since Monday, when an MRI exam showed no further damage to Manning's right ankle after a low hit from Chargers lineman Corey Liuget.

More than a missed practice or two, it's how Manning has been looking on the field the last few weeks that has brought about some head scratching. Ever since Jason Babin of Jacksonville hit him low in a game Oct. 13 and Manning lit into officials for not calling anything, he has looked a bit more rushed than usual in the pocket.


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