Much has been made over how the recent injuries to stars Tamba Hali and Justin Houston will affect the Chiefs in their rematch against Denver on Sunday, but the Broncos have some injury concerns as well.
Here's a quick rundown of the health of several key Broncos players, according to interim coach Jack Del Rio, who spoke with reporters on Monday.
• According to the Denver Post, starting defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson will be out the remainder of the season due to a dislocated hip he suffered against New England on Sunday.
• Starting running back Knowshon Moreno, who ran all over New England for 224 yards on 37 carries, has a bruised ankle and is day-to-day.
“I would say there’s a good chance by the end of the week you’ll see him on the practice field,” Del Rio said.
Moreno ran for 79 yards on 27 carries against the Chiefs on Nov. 17.
• Starting cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is day-to-day with a jammed right shoulder.
• Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey, who has missed all but two games this season with a foot injury, will likely play.
“He was close last week,” Del Rio said. “I believe we will get Champ back, which will be great.”
• It appears tight end Julius Thomas, who missed the New England game with a right knee injury, is also on track to play, if you believe Del Rio.
“I would anticipate we will get Julius back,” Del Rio said. “Those guys (Bailey and Thomas) were both questionable last week. At the end of the day, we felt it was in their best interest and our best interest that we wait one more week with both of them, so they had to miss yesterday. But they should be full-go this week.”