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AFC West

Osweiler settles into familiar role as Manning's backup

For the first time in quite a while, Peyton Manning walked into practice healthier than Brock Osweiler.

That, and a wealth of playoff experience, figured into why Osweiler is once again the backup for the Denver Broncos.

Only an hour or so after missing practice and being told he would be holding the clipboard a week from Sunday, Osweiler conceded he has "a few nicks that are a little more serious than others" after nearly two months as Denver's starter.

He's trying to take his demotion in stride, though, and vowing to be a team player. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak even harped on how it's going to take the entire roster down the postseason stretch.