PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — With safety Ryan Clark out for Sunday’s season-opener in Denver because of his sickle cell trait, his job in Week 1 belongs to Woodland Hills product Ryan Mundy, a stalwart in Dick LeBeau’s nickel defense.

Mundy, entering his fourth NFL season at defensive back, told us he’s ready to face a new-look Broncos offense Sunday night that he believes will really take after new quarterback Peyton Manning.

“There’s definitely some carryover from when Peyton was in Indianapolis,” Mundy said after practice on the South Side Wednesday. “We’ve looked at some of their old game films, and we just have to go out and execute. He’s looked pretty good in the preseason, so we expect a 100 percent healthy Peyton Manning.”

Mundy doesn’t have any extra trepidations about filling Clark’s cleats, nor did he have to lean upon All-Pro Troy Polamalu for guidance, he says.

“He’s a great player. I’ve learned to trust his instincts just because he’s made so many great plays over the years, so I just have to go out there and do my job.”

Mundy also talked about what it means to revisit the team that stunned the Steelers in the 2011 AFC Wild Card round:

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