Updating the AFC playoff picture

After 16 weeks, five of the AFC's playoff spots have been claimed, and four teams have a chance at the last Wild Card berth.

The Broncos, Colts, Pats, and Bengals own the four division crowns, while the Chiefs have the first Wild Card. Only KC has its seed - the fifth - while only the Broncos have clinched a bye.

Denver (12-3) clinched the AFCW and a first-round bye on Sunday, and can nail down HFA with a win or tie at Oakland, or a New England (11-4) loss or tie against the visiting Bills.

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Lombardi: Von thought to have knee sprain

According to CBS4's Vic Lombardi, Von Miller is believed to have suffered only a sprained knee, and not a torn ACL, as had been reported earlier..

If true, this would obviously be stellar news for the Broncos. Holding Miller out of the finale would provide him three weeks between games, with the Broncos having already clinched a first-round bye.

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Manning breaks single-season NFL mark for touchdown passes

Peyton Manning is the NFL's new single-season touchdown pass king.

With his fourth scoring throw of the Broncos' Week 16 game at Houston, and his 51st of the year - this a picturesque toss to Julius Thomas - Manning broke the record previously set by Tom Brady in 2007.

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Oh, F@#$: Miller out with possible ACL tear

On the Texans' sixth play from scrimmage, Von Miller went down awkwardly with an apparent knee injury, and the Broncos have already ruled him out for the rest of the game.

According to Mike Klis, the team fears it may be a torn ACL; Miller will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Commence hand-wringing, Broncos fans.

Report: Broncos to hold Welker out until playoffs

According to Jeff Legwold and Chris Mortensen, the Broncos are expected to rule Wes Welker out for Sunday's game at Houston, and then also rest him for the regular season finale at Oakland.

Welker had suffered two concussions in a span of 22 days (against Kansas City and Tennessee), so this would appear to be a sensible decision - that is, if he should return at all this season.

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Broncos waive Walton

In order to create room on the roster for the newly signed DE Jeremy Mincey, Denver waived center J.D. Walton on Tuesday.

Walton started 36 straight games straight out of college, but his career was derailed by a gruesome leg injury suffered in September 2012.

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Broncos add Jeremy Mincey

As we'd brilliantly suggested (more like threw $%^& against the wall) might happen a couple of days ago, the Broncos have added former Jaguars DE Jeremy Mincey.

Jacksonville had cut Mincey last week over repeated issues of tardiness and violation of team rules.

The 6-4, 265-pounder was drafted by the Patriots in 2006, and played under Jack Del Rio for 4.5 seasons with the Jaguars.

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Injury Report: Welker, Wolfe out

Wes Welker and Derek Wolfe have been ruled out for Thursday night's game against San Diego, while Champ Bailey is listed as questionable after having been limited during Wednesday's practice.

Trindon Holliday and C.J. Anderson were full participants and are listed as probable, along with 13 other Broncos, and all figure to be available.

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Prater named AFC Special Teams POW

Matt Prater was named the AFC's Special Teams Player of the Week for his record-breaking performance during the Broncos' 51-28 win over the Titans.

Prater set a new NFL standard with a 64-yard field goal at the halftime gun, and added two more chip shots on the day.

It's the fifth such award for the eighth-year kicker, and the seventh weekly honor for Broncos players this season.

Injury Report: Expect no Welker; should he retire?

Yup, it's two days since the Broncos whipped the Titans, and they're already just two days from hosting the Chargers.

Such is the brutality of today's NFL.

Wes Welker and Derek Wolfe were the only players to miss practice on Monday, while Trindon Holliday was limited. 14 others were listed as full participants.

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