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Del Rio not interested in sacrificing options for QB protection

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning fumbles as he is hit by San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Tourek Williams during a National Football League game on Sunday in San Diego.

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning is taking a beating.
The Broncos’ offensive line is battered and his right ankle is throbbing.
And now here come the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, leading the league in sacks.
Fans in Denver would love to put a Brink’s truck around their hobbled quarterback for Sunday night’s showdown pitting the divisional rivals who have combined to go 17-1.
They might be surprised, however, to hear Jack Del Rio doesn’t share their affinity for the concept known as “max protect.”
That’s where a tight end and a running back are kept in the ...


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