Man­ning makes it through week of prac­tice with­out any set­backs

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Troy E. Renck Troy E. Renck: trenck@den­ver­post.com or @troyrenck

Tak­ing snaps Fri­day rep­re­sented progress. Pey­ton Man­ning prac­ticed a third con­sec­u­tive day this week, leav­ing him avail­able to be the Bron­cos’ backup quar­ter­back Sun­day.

Man­ning said the week went OK as he con­tin­ues to work through torn plan­tar fas­cia in his left foot. Af­ter con­sec­u­tive days of team prac­tice lead­ing up to the game against the Steel­ers in Pitts­burgh, he suf­fered a set­back.

Man­ning has now stacked back-to­back en­cour­ag­ing weeks to­gether. He logged four in­di­vid­ual work­outs last

Healthy hol­i­day.

week — “They were in­tense,” said prac­tice squad re­ceiver Jor­dan Tay­lor, who caught passes — and three team prac­tices this week. Man­ning took reps with the Bron­cos’ sec­ond-string of­fense and helped run the scout team as Brock Osweiler ran the first team.

Man­ning, 39, hasn’t been ac­tive on game day since leav­ing the Kansas City game in Den­ver on Nov. 15 af­ter throw­ing his fourth in­ter­cep­tion.

“It was a good week, and we will move for­ward with this week­end,” coach Gary Ku­biak said.

Pey­ton Man­ning waits his turn to throw at the start of prac­tice Thurs­day as the 11-4 Bron­cos con­tin­ued to pre­pare for their fi­nal game of the reg­u­lar sea­son, Sun­day at home against San Diego. Cyrus McCrim­mon, The Den­ver Post

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