According to Adam Schefter, Broncos DT Kevin Vickerson suffered a dislocated hip on Sunday night. While the injury will not require surgery, it will keep Big Vick out for at least six weeks, and may end his season.
Vickerson has played 403 snaps in 11 games (consistently 35-40 per game), grading out at minus-6.4 overall. PFF credits him with one sack, one QB hit, 14 hurries, two batted passes, 20 total tackles, and 17 stops.
Enjoy the game!
From his upper-class perch, Jim Saccomano wants Broncos fans who aren't season ticket holders to know just how much pain he's in this morning:
Hard for those who are not with team or are season tix holders who never miss a game to fully comprehend the personal sting of loss...— Jim Saccomano (@broncos_sacco) November 25, 2013
According to Jack Del Rio, the Broncos expect to have both Julius Thomas and Champ Bailey back on the field for the rematch with the Chiefs at Arrowhead.
He says the team is still awaiting the MRI results on the injured hip of Kevin Vickerson, while Knowshon Moreno's ankle is merely bruised, making him day-to-day, along with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Combined with the injury to Chiefs LB Justin Houston, these are extremely positive developments for a team with a chance at a sweep of Kansas City on Sunday.
There were so many key and momentum-shifting plays, that it's almost unfair to say one was clearly more decisive than another within the context of the game.
Wes Welker, of course, played a central role in the game's last big play, and for his part, he's taking the blame.
But it was an earlier flub by Welker that may have been just as costly, and unfortunately, it's something we just have to get used to as Broncos fans:
Especially for Kansas City, a bunch of Monday MRIs could go a long way toward determining the upcoming Broncos/Chiefs rematch at Arrowhead, and thus, the AFCW.
After the Chiefs fell at home to the Chargers, LB Tamba Hali was carted off the field with a knee injury and left the stadium on crutches, while LB Justin Houston departed with his right arm in a sling.
The two players, who have combined for 20 of the team's 37 sacks, will each undergo an MRI on Monday.
Welcome to my sixth rewrite in the last twenty minutes.
This was supposed to be a story about Petyon Manning and Tom Brady dueling; it was supposed to be about two teams playing until the bitter end; hell, it was supposed to be about the near perfection of the Broncos running game.
Instead, we’re going to be talking about bouncing balls for a whole damn week.
Actually, I should probably be more specific. Wes Welker didn’t give Tony Carter enough time to clear a bouncing punt, which now makes Tony Carter look really dumb.
What a letdown, and what a silly way to lose a game. There’s just no rewriting that.
For thirty minutes of play, Manning/Brady 14 did not appear to have much of a chance of living up to billing. Of course, it was a matchup between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, and Sunday night’s game did not disappoint.
But bouncing footballs were the stars of the show, rather than the future HOF quarterbacks.
The Broncos (9-2) stormed out to a 24-0 lead, allowed the Patriots (8-3) to score 31 straight points, and then forced overtime with a fourth-quarter touchdown drive, before ultimately succumbing in a 34-31 (Gamebook) classic.
According to Mike Klis, John Fox's recovery from open heart surgery is going well enough that the Broncos head coach will return to Denver on Wednesday.
It's unclear when Fox will return to coaching the team, or where he is relative to expectations, but it's great to hear he's progressing.
Inactives: Broncos - Julius Thomas, Champ Bailey, Ronnie Hillman, Michael Huff, J.D. Walton, Chris Kuper, Zac Dysert
Patriots - S Steve Gregory, DL Chris Barker, WR Josh Boyce, DL Jake Bequette, DL Marcus Forston, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, and LB Steve Beauharnais