Denver Broncos: Offensive Line Gives Peyton Manning's Ankle Crucial Extra Time To Heal

By Tylor Walden
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Thanks to the brilliant protection from the Denver Broncos offensive line, Peyton Manning never once fell flat onto the ground.

The Broncos’ offensive line did a great job protecting Manning while he was playing with a sore ankle during the win against the Kansas City Chiefs. Since Manning was able to escape from the game without so much as a scratch, this will give him more time to heal without suffering any new bruises on that ankle. That could prove to be a blessing for the Broncos in the long run.

Now Manning gets to rest that ankle for the upcoming matchup with the New England Patriots, who don’t have the same pass rush as the Chiefs have shown in their other games. But, it is important for Manning to be close to 100 percent as possible before his showdown with his arch-rival Tom Brady.

It will be needed if the Broncos are going to come out of Foxborough with a win, especially because Brady can go toe-to-toe with Manning and company despite the receivers he has. The question will be if the Broncos’ offensive line can repeat that same performance against a tough Patriots team that, despite all their shortcomings, are still very much alive for a bigger playoff spot.

I would not be surprised if Manning misses time at practice just to give that ankle an extra day or two before fully participating in practice in preparation to the 14th meeting with Brady, but if all goes well, there should be no problem for Manning when it comes time for the next game.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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