ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, DEC. 20-21- FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) talks with offensive coordinator Adam Gase between plays during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New Yo
Kathy Willens, File
December 22, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) Peyton Manning was in the starting lineup for Denver's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Monday night.

Manning was limited in practice during the week by a strained right thigh and was listed as questionable. The Broncos (11-3) had clinched the AFC West and could earn a playoff bye with a win.

Marquis Flowers was starting at linebacker for the Bengals in place of Emmanuel Lamur, out with a hamstring injury. Eric Winston, signed three weeks ago, was expected to make his first start at right tackle.

Cincinnati (9-4-1) could clinch a fourth straight playoff berth with a win. Whoever wins the Bengals' game in Pittsburgh next Sunday night gets the AFC North title.


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