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Manning set to return to practice

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning is set to return to practice today for the first time in a month, but he'll be a sideline spectator again Sunday when Brock Osweiler makes his fifth consecutive start Sunday at Pittsburgh.

The Denver Broncos said coach Gary Kubiak met with his QBs on Tuesday and laid out his plan for the week.

Manning had a trio of throwing sessions indoors and away from his teammates last week after he had his hard cast and then a walking boot removed from his left foot the previous week.

Manning stood on the sideline Sunday after skipping Denver's trips to Chicago and San Diego and watching the Broncos win over New England from inside the locker room area. He has been dealing with a torn plantar fascia along with sore ribs and an aching throwing shoulder.

The Broncos are 3-1 in Osweiler's starts and 7-2 when Manning starts, although Denver has struggled to find the end zone no matter who's taking the snaps.

The Broncos have gone seven quarters without an offensive touchdown. They settled for four field goals Sunday when they wasted an historical effort by the league's top defense — holding the Raiders to minus-12 yards in the first half — in losing 15-12.

Denver's eight-game winning streak over the Raiders ended despite allowing just 126 yards of offense, including 27 yards on 24 rushes.

Osweiler completed a career-best 35 of 51 passes for 308 yards, his first 300-yard game, but he was sacked five times by Khalil Mack and several receivers dropped on-target passes.

In roughly 17 quarters, Osweiler has been sacked 17 times, including once for a safety Sunday.

Manning threw a league-high 17 interceptions in his nine starts, including four against Kansas City on Nov. 15, when he had a career-worst 0.0 passer rating on the same day he broke Brett Favre's NFL record for career passing yards.