Manning likely to play vs. Pats

Updated: November 28, 2003, 1:24 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is expected to play Sunday against New England after an MRI on his right elbow revealed no damage.

Doctors still advised Manning not to throw during Thursday's practice, a day after Manning said he felt a "twinge" in the elbow on his throwing arm.

Coach Tony Dungy said he expected Manning to throw Friday, and he is listed as probable on the team's injury report.

"It was a good sign that the MRI was negative," Dungy said. "We felt it was a very minor situation, but you always feel better when you get it confirmed."

Manning declined comment after practice.

He hurt his arm Wednesday during a morning walkthrough and was limited in practice Wednesday afternoon to protect his throwing arm.

Manning is having the best season of his NFL career and is one of the leading contenders for the MVP Award. He has never missed a start in his six-year NFL career.

Brock Huard, the only other quarterback on the Colts' roster, threw all of the passes in practice Thursday while Manning spent the two-hour session working on his footwork, throwing motion and talking to coaches.

Dungy said Wednesday he did not believe the injury was serious and was relieved the MRI results confirmed that.

"Brock did get a heavy dose of throwing today," Dungy said. "But we expect Peyton to be in good shape to do a little more throwing tomorrow."


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