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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Judging by the scarcity of players working with strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson to the side, the bye week did the battered Denver Broncos an abundance of good.Denver had listed 22 players on its injury report before the season finale against Oakland, when safety David Bruton Jr. and left guard Orlando Franklin sustained concussions.Those were the only players who werent between the lines Monday when the Broncos (12-4) began preparations for their playoff game against Indianapolis (12-5).Most notable among them were Peyton Manning (age 37) and top tackler Brandon Marshall (sprained foot). Manning sat out all of last weeks workouts and Marshall practiced for the first time since getting hurt at San Diego on Dec. 14.Yeah, it was much needed, said fourth-year safety Rahim Moore. I needed it, our team needed it, especially guys like Peyton, whos been playing since I came out the womb.Lest that gets back to the five-time MVP, Manning might want to know Moore also compared him to a luxury sports car roadster, not an old jalopy.Moore said the bye was good for Peyton because it recharges him, makes him feel refreshed. Hes an older guy. He needs it. You cant run a Ferrari — or no, a Bugatti — too much. Hes our Bugatti. Thats how Peyton is to his team, so youve got to give him some rest.After the tuneup, the Broncos are eager to rev that engine again.Weve got to get back to work, Moore said. We went from 100 (mph) to zero. Now were trying to get back to 100.Joining Manning and Marshall on the practice fields wreathed by a good foot of snow were receivers Demaryius Thomas (ankle, finger), Emmanuel Sanders (back) and Wes Welker, all of whom missed the pair of indoor practices that preceded their three-day break.Tight end Julius Thomas, who had three TD catches against Indy in the regular-season opener, was among the players who most appreciated the bye. Hes been bothered by a bum ankle and hasnt reached the end zone since Nov. 9.It was a big week for me. It was good to get some rest, he said. Every doctor will tell you the most important thing is rest, but its tough to do in the middle of the season.With their bye week coming way back in September, the Broncos felt that not having to play on wild-card weekend would do them a world of good. Now, its a matter of making sure all that rest and relaxation doesnt turn into rust and ruin.Our bye this year came way earlier than most byes, probably the earliest Ive ever had a bye, coach John Fox said. So, in some ways I think this year was even more important to have the bye. But its like holding Jell-O. There is no perfect answer. Somebody mentioned six of the last nine Super Bowl champions came through the wild-card round. So, really, the key is just playing your best football when you get to the elite eight, however you get there.Also back on the field was Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward, who missed the season finale with a neck injury.I feel better. Thats all Im going to tell you guys, Ward said with a laugh. But I feel better.Although he didnt push it Monday, Marshalls return served to rejuvenate Denvers defence.Its good to see him out there, nose tackle Terrance Knighton said. Hes not quite himself yet, obviously. He didnt take much of the team reps but well be fine. Its still a long week, a lot of days left and hell be ready by Sunday.Luckily, weve played well enough in the season to get a bye week, which helped us, because if we played last week, Brandon Marshall probably doesnt play and T.J. is probably a little rusty, Knighton said. Those three days off allowed people to refocus and its almost like a new season now.That fits right into Foxs philosophy.Ive always described it as three different levels: theres preseason, theres regular season and then the real season, Fox said. And thats the playoffs.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton Fake MLB Jerseys . Cavaliers shooting guard Craig Ehlo makes a solid play on the ball, but still Jordan hits the amazing shot. Fake NCAA Jerseys . Certainly not Monday night. 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They made him look scared.The Cincinnati Bengals dismantled Johnny Manziel.Woe, Johnny.Manziel spent his first NFL start being tormented and taunted by Cincinnati defenders as the Bengals rudely welcomed the rookie quarterback to the league with a 30-0 drubbing of the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.Manziel didnt come close to living up to the exhausting expectations surrounding his overhyped debut as the AFC North-leading Bengals (9-4-1) built a 20-point halftime lead and rolled to their fourth straight road win.Everything was all about Manziel all week, Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga. We just focused on us. We just focused on what we needed to do to stop the kid.Promoted earlier this week over the slumping Brian Hoyer to spark the Browns (7-7), Manziel finished 10 of 18 for 80 yards and two interceptions. He was sacked three times, under pressure all afternoon and had Bengals players imitating his signature money-rubbing gesture more than once.Every time we hit him, every time we got him on his back, said defensive tackle Domata Peko. So it was a lot of money signs thrown out today.Manziel took the pasting in stride.It was tough, he said. When you get beat, you get beat and you take it like a man. I felt like it was a fail on my part. Bengals rookie Jeremy Hill rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns, backing up his postgame trash talk of the Browns following a loss to them last month.The Bengals overwhelmed the Browns on the field and on the stat sheet, recording their first shutout since Dec. 21, 2008 — in Cleveland.Cincinnati had 347 yards to Clevelands 107. The Bengals picked up 24 first downs to five for the Browns, who went just 1 of 10 on third down.Mike Nugent, who missed practice time this week after his father died, kicked two 44-yard field goals and added a 34-yarder for the Bengals.Manziel didnt look ready for the big stage, panicking in the pocket and failing to deliver any of the magic that made him a college football star.Johnny Football has some work to do.Didnt play well — looked like a rookie, played like a rookie, Browns coach Mike Pettine said. We didnt play well around him, but he made some obvious mistakes that typically a veteran quarterback wont make.The Bengals put together a compllete game to strengthen their grip on the division lead, maintaining their half-game lead over Baltimore and Pittsburgh, who both won.ddddddddddddCincinnati set the tone with a time-consuming, 81-yard touchdown drive to start the game and atoned for a 24-3 loss last month when they were dominated at home by the Browns.Cincinnati led 20-0 at halftime, and spent the next two quarters making sure Manziel never got going.The shutout capped a week in which Manziel was called a midget by Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, a comment that shows professionals arent ready to let him come in and wreck the league like he boasted he would do before the Browns selected him with the No. 22 overall pick.We didnt want to let him be Johnny Football versus us, said Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap.The Browns were blanked for the first time since a 16-0 loss to Baltimore in 2009.Manziels first half couldnt have gone much worse.He was intercepted twice and was lucky that a third pick was nullified by a penalty. The Browns managed just 58 total yards in the opening half and their best scoring chance ended when Manziel scrambled and forced a pass to the end zone that was intercepted by Adam Pacman Jones.You cant throw that one whether youre in Pop Warner or a 6-year-old playing in the driveway, Manziel said. Thats 100 per cent on me.Hill gave the Browns motivation with his postgame comments after last months loss, saying theyre probably worse than I thought despite Clevelands dominant performance. His 2-yard TD run gave the Bengals a 7-0 lead.After Nugents first field goal, Hill scored again, breaking several tackles on a 16-yarder. Hill tried to celebrate by leaping into the stands, but was turned back by a Browns fan wearing a Joe Haden jersey. It was one of the few times Cleveland stopped Cincinnati all day.NOTES: Browns star CB Joe Haden sustained a shoulder injury and CB Justin Gilbert got a concussion. Pettine said Haden will have an MRI on Monday. ... Hill had just 55 yards the previous time the teams played. He surpassed that in the first quarter. ... Green had 49 yards receiving after getting 224 a week ago. ... Bengals LB Vincent Rey went out after he accidentally collided with Maualuga.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '