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By The Associated Press
Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, 8:08 p.m.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos are relieved Peyton Manning wasn't seriously injured on a hard hit by New Orleans Saints defensive end Martez Wilson.

The Broncos are expected to have the NFL look at the play from Sunday night's game in which Manning banged his right thumb on Wilson's helmet just before the crown of that helmet hit the quarterback in the chin. No flag was thrown.

Manning acknowledged he was “probably a little bit lucky” that he banged the thumbnail and not the knuckle of his throwing hand on Wilson's helmet.

Coach John Fox said Monday that Manning's thumb was fine.

AP source: Mays likely out for season

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday that linebacker Joe Mays is likely out for the season after suffering a serious injury to his lower left leg in the Broncos' win over the New Orleans Saints.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because coach John Fox hadn't yet addressed the media. The Denver Post first reported the extent of Mays' injury, saying he sustained a fractured fibula above his left ankle.

Colts waive Moore

The Indianapolis Colts waived running back Mewelde Moore, formerly of the Steelers, and nose tackle Antonio Dixon.

Indy also promoted cornerback Marshay Green and fullback Robert Hughes from the practice squad to the active roster on Monday and signed cornerback Teddy Williams to the practice squad.

Bills' Williams upbeat after surgery

The surgery Mario Williams had to fix his sprained left wrist appears to have also done plenty in repairing the Buffalo Bills' high-priced defensive end's self-confidence.

Williams was in an upbeat mood Monday in discussing how much better he felt physically and mentally after rejoining the Bills following the team's bye week and six days after having arthroscopic surgery in Alabama.

The NFL's highest-paid defensive player declared himself ready to play Sunday, when the Bills travel to play the Houston Texans, Williams' former team.

Pagano makes it to staff meeting

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano made it back to the team complex for a short staff meeting Monday.

It's the first time Pagano has been back since being diagnosed with a form of leukemia Sept. 26.

Interim coach and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians says he listened to the discussion after doctors cleared Pagano, whose white blood-cell count has increased as he has undergone treatment for the illness. He's scheduled to start a second round of chemotherapy next week.

NFL moves trade deadline

The NFL delayed its trade deadline by two days to Nov. 1 to limit complications from Hurricane Sandy.

The league notified all 32 teams that the new deadline for trades is now 4 p.m. Nov. 1, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail. The league's New York City offices will be closed through at least Tuesday.

Chiefs' Quinn evaluated for concussion

Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn is being evaluated for a possible concussion and his status for Thursday night's game at San Diego won't be known until later in the week.

Coach Romeo Crennel said Monday that Quinn will start against the Chargers if he's cleared to play.

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