Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos beat writer for the Denver Post, says a source has told him that Peyton Manning will play Sunday against the Chiefs even though he has re-injured his ankle.
The tweet of note:
Broncos source: Manning: “Absolutely will play Sunday against Chiefs.” MRI showed aggravation of his right high ankle sprain. No new damage
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 11, 2013
An aggravation of Manning’s ankle sprain means there will be more pressure on the Broncos offensive line to keep Manning protected. Peyton has never been very mobile, but he will be even less so with a sprained ankle.
Additionally, this could affect Denver’s downfield game. Manning lost much of his arm strength due to his neck injury, which left him with sever atrophy in his right arm. He’s made up for it by relying heavily on his core muscles and legs to drive the ball when he throws. A right ankle sprain means his base – especially his right leg – will have a harder time generating the energy needed to help Manning propel the ball downfield.
This also should help the Chiefs’ run defense. Most of Kansas City’s issues in the running game have come from quarterbacks scrambling for large chunks of yards. Michael Vick was the prime example of this problem. However, Manning will not be running around with a bum ankle, which makes defending the run far simpler for the Chiefs.
Ultimately, Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning, and he should be feared/respected for who he is and what he is capable of doing on the field. But it is an advantage for the Chiefs to know that they will have, essentially, a stationary target to attack in the backfield.
Sunday night cannot get here soon enough.