SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe has no serious damage to his ankle and may play in Sunday's American Bowl against San Diego.

Sharpe, who has fiercely criticized the game being played in Australia, strained the ankle during practice Thursday.

He attended Friday's light run but did not take part.

``It's much improved on yesterday and we'll have a better feeling about it after tomorrow's practice,'' Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. ``We may not make a decision until game time.''

The teams will contest the 33rd American Bowl in Sydney on Sunday morning, which will be Saturday night in the United States.

Shanahan tried to play down Sharpe's comments from Thursday, when the seven-time Pro Bowl player complained about the rudeness of Australians.

While Sharpe was roundly criticized on radio talk shows and in local newspapers _ he was called a 250-pound gorilla by one shock jock _ Shanahan said he had enjoyed a different experience Down Under.

``These are probably the friendliest group of people I've ever met,'' Shanahan said.

Broncos spokesman Jim Saccomano said Sharpe was allowed his opinion. ``But to say Australia is deficient in hospitality is like saying there's not enough sand in the Sahara or enough snow on the Rockies,'' Saccomano said.

While Sharpe's constant sniping has at least given him some profile in a city previously oblivious to his existence, he appears out of step with most other players on the trip.

``We're having a nice time and it's just the time change that's been a problem,'' San Diego cornerback Dwayne Harper said. ``The people have been good to us, no one here's been complaining and we're just trying to enjoy Sydney and the new experience. I think it's great to be able to come and experience another country.''