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Colts banged up after loss to Dolphins

It'll take more than a broken jaw to keep Peyton Manning off the field.

The Colts quarterback, who has started every game for the team in the past four seasons, will be back Sunday despite the injury that left him bloodied and dazed.

Playing through the pain didn't seem to trouble him as much as figuring out how he was going to eat properly.

"I can't eat any solid food, just milkshakes, things like that," Manning said Monday, struggling to talk a day after the injury. "But I've got to try to maintain my diet with whatever I can."

When he does take the field against the Saints on Sunday, he won't be handing off to Edgerrin James. The two-time NFL rushing champion will miss at least two more games with ligament damage in his left knee, the team said Monday.

James was hurt in the Colts' win against Kansas City on Oct. 25 and did not play the past two weeks, the first games he has missed in his three-year career.

He practiced late in the week after his injury but felt some swelling and stiffness. Further tests showed ligament damage.

James was unavailable for comment Monday because he was traveling to Miami to get a second opinion, team president Bill Polian said.

"Our doctors felt it was appropriate to shut him down for another two or three weeks," he said. "They're not certain what the severity is."

In other injuries, Colts linebacker Mike Peterson, the team's leading tackler, will miss at least two weeks with a sprained knee. Starting guard Steve McKinney, who injured his back, is expected to miss up to six weeks.

Davis set for more surgery

DENVER _ Broncos running back Terrell Davis injured his left knee and most likely will miss two games, the latest setback for a player sidelined for most of the past three seasons.

Arthroscopic knee surgery will force Davis to sit out for about 10 days, meaning he will miss Sunday's home game against Washington and probably a Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas.

Davis tore cartilage on a hit in the second quarter of Sunday's win against San Diego. He played the rest of the game, rushing for 83 yards on 33 carries.

Also, coach Mike Shanahan will meet with his team before deciding the fate of Eddie Kennison, who told the coach he was retiring and then reconsidered.

BILLS: Rob Johnson will miss 3-to-5 weeks with a broken collarbone.

Johnson was hurt during Sunday's 21-11 loss to New England. The Bills won't make immediate moves to acquire a quarterback, coach Gregg Williams said.

Six-year veteran Alex Van Pelt will make his first start in four years Sunday against Seattle.

OBITUARY: Leon Gray, who teamed with John Hannah to give the Patriots a formidable blocking duo in the 1970s, was found dead in his home. He was 49.

Police said Gray appeared to have died of natural causes, although the cause of death was not immediately determined.

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