An MRI on Monday showed no further damage to Peyton Manning’s tender right ankle. Now, Manning and the Broncos are curious what the NFL thinks of the hit that left the quarterback limping late in Sunday’s 28-20 win over the Chargers.
Interim coach Jack Del Rio said the Broncos have sent replays to the league offices of Corey Liuget’s dive at Manning’s ankles in the closing minutes. Manning, whose ankles have been hurting since games against Jacksonville and Indianapolis last month, stayed down after Liuget dived at him following a completed pass that iced the game with 1:44 left. Manning limped through the rest of the game and in the locker room afterward.
‘‘In the rules, there are certain areas you can hit and certain areas that are supposed to be protected,’’ Del Rio said Monday. ‘‘And we thought that got into an area that was supposed to be protected.’’
Del Rio said Manning would play in Denver’s AFC West showdown against Kansas City next Sunday. The quarterback’s practice schedule will be determined later in the week.
‘‘But he’ll definitely play this week,’’ Del Rio said. ‘‘He’s ready to roll and that’s good news.’’
Manning got sacked twice against the Chargers and hit five more times. He’s been sacked a total of 12 times and hit 27 times in the seven games since Chris Clark replaced the injured Ryan Clady at left tackle. In three straight games, Clark has allowed Manning to be sacked and stripped from the blind side.
And next up come the Chiefs, who lead the league with 36 sacks.
‘‘We’re definitely on high alert, wanting to protect our quarterback,’’ Del Rio said.
Manning did not speak to reporters Monday, but acknowledged after the game that he’d been having some trouble with the ankles the last few weeks.
‘‘I’m pretty sore,’’ he said. ‘‘They got me twice and I was hoping to make some progress after the bye week, but I’m pretty sore.’’
Locker lost for year
Titans quarterback Jake Locker will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot that may need surgery.
‘‘To lose him now is a huge blow,’’ coach Mike Munchak said.
Locker was hurt in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to Jacksonville at the end of an option play. Locker, who was on crutches and a walking boot, told reporters before leaving the stadium he hoped and prayed the injury wouldn’t end his season.
Munchak said whether Locker will need surgery to repair his foot will be decided in the next few days after consulting with surgeons.
Ryan Fitzpatrick replaces Locker, and Rusty Smith will be Fitzpatrick’s backup.
Ross to meet with Martin
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross broke his silence on the bullying scandal that has engulfed his team, saying he’s appalled by Jonathan Martin’s allegations of daily harassment by teammates. Ross said he plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday at an undisclosed location and that he has been in touch with the tackle through text messages.
‘‘I look forward to that meeting. I think that can help us move forward,’’ Ross said. ‘‘I’d like to hear from him what had happened, why he felt that way and what we did and what we could have done to prevent something like this from happening. I want to hear the circumstances, the facts.’’
The owner vowed to get to bottom of the allegations and create a locker room culture that ‘‘suits the 21st century.’’
Ross strongly endorsed second-year coach Joe Philbin, saying he had the ‘‘utmost confidence’’ in the man he hired in 2012. The owner, however, did not express support for beleaguered general manager Jeff Ireland.
Kubiak back with Texans
Texans coach Gary Kubiak returned to work on a limited basis on Monday after his mini-stroke Nov. 2. It’s unclear if he or interim coach Wade Phillips will be in charge when Houston tries to end a seven-game skid on Sunday when its hosts Oakland. Phillips said Kubiak spoke to the team Monday and it’s up to his doctors how much he’ll work this week . . . Another coach of a struggling team, Mike Smith, said he’s not giving up on the Falcons’ season. Smith was criticized for exposing quarterback Matt Ryan and others to injuries by leaving them on the field late in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Seahawks, which dropped Atlanta to 2-7. The coach said Monday he wouldn’t abandon the idea of trying to win. ‘‘This season is not over,’’ Smith said.
Bears take a couple of hits
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has a high ankle sprain and is considered week to week. Charles Tillman, Chicago’s top cornerback, will be out for two months with a triceps injury. Tillman was put on recallable injured reserve, which means he is eligible to return to practice in six weeks and play again in eight weeks . . . Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor revealed after Sunday’s loss to the Giants that he played despite a sprained medial collateral ligament that he first injured last Sunday and that got worse during the week. Pryor completed just 11 of 26 passes for 122 yards with one interception in his fourth straight subpar performance.
The Seahawks added wide receiver Percy Harvin to the 53-man roster. Seattle had to add Harvin to the active roster by Monday or he would have to remain on the physically unable to perform list for the remainder of the season. Coach Pete Carroll said Harvin is expected to practice this week and will likely play against Minnesota on Sunday. . . Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson took part in a light practice and apologized afterward for the attention he brought to the organization over the weekend following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. Simpson said he expects to play on Sunday. Coach Leslie Frazier was uncertain about Simpson’s availability. ‘‘We’ll have further clarification as we learn more from the league as well as what we’re going to do internally, but you should have some information that should help you create some clarity regarding Jerome,’’ Frazier said, alluding to Simpson’s status in the NFL’s substance abuse program. Quarterback Christian Ponder’s status for Sunday is also unclear. He’s recovering from a dislocated non-throwing left shoulder . . . The Jets reinstated tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. to the active roster, and he will be available to play Sunday against the Bills . . . Browns outside linebacker Quentin Groves will miss the remainder of the season because of an ankle injury.