Peyton Manning won back his starting job after recovering from a left foot injury and rescuing the Denver Broncos.

Brock Osweiler is back on the bench.

Coach Gary Kubiak informed his quarterbacks of his QB decision and then his team Thursday morning when players returned from a three-day furlough.

Manning missed seven starts because of a torn plantar fascia. He returned to action Sunday when he relieved Osweiler in the second half and led the Broncos to a 27-20 win over San Diego that secured the AFC's top seed.

Seahawks healing

According to Seattle's official injury report, the Seahawks are getting healthier by the day.

Six players, all starters or significant players, went from not practicing or being limited Wednesday to full participation Thursday. One went from practicing Wednesday to not practicing Thursday. And two of the players with the most eyes on them — running back Marshawn Lynch (abdominal) and safety Kam Chancellor (pelvis) — had full practice participation again Thursday.

Players going from not practicing Wednesday to full participation Thursday were: receiver Tyler Lockett (hip) and defensive end Michael Bennett (toe). Players going from limited Wednesday to full participation Thursday were: left tackle Russell Okung (calf), guard J.R. Sweezy (concussion), cornerback Jeremy Lane (oblique) and defensive tackle Jordan Hill (toe).

Tight end Luke Wilson (concussion) went from being limited Wednesday to not practicing Thursday.


Megatron may retire

Calvin Johnson hasn't played in a Pro Bowl since 2011 because of injuries, and the Lions receiver won't take part in the game this year while he contemplates his future.

The Jaguars announced today that Allen Robinson will take Johnson's place in this month's Pro Bowl.

Johnson confirmed that he's considering retiring from the NFL after nine seasons because of the toll the game has taken on his body. He's undergone knee and finger surgeries in recent years, and was limited the second half of this season by a lingering ankle injury.

A six-time Pro Bowler, Johnson finished 10th in the league with 1,214 yards receiving this year.

Bakhtiari might play

There appears to be growing optimism that injured Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari could be ready for Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Redskins.

Aaron Rodgers' blindside protector missed the final two games of the regular season because of an ankle injury.

Bakhtiari returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, when the team typically has its longest day of work. His availability for the Redskins game will depend on how he fares the rest of the week.

Coach Mike McCarthy also said that Bakhtiari's replacement last week at tackle, Josh Sitton, would remain at left guard, where he is a Pro Bowl player.

Rodgers has been sacked 13 times over the last two weeks.

On defense, top cornerback Sam Shields was still going through the concussion protocol. He missed the final three games of the regular season after getting hurt on Dec. 13 during a 28-7 win against Dallas.

Shields practiced on a limited basis last week and was inactive Sunday.


Johnny Manziel was cited for driving with expired license plates last weekend, when he failed to report to the team's facility for a medical assessment and was seen having some fun in Las Vegas.

•Jets center Nick Mangold was added to the Pro Bowl roster as a replacement for the injured Mike Pouncey of the Dolphins.