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.
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.
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.
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.
All signs this week had pointed to Wes Welker making the trip to New England to face his former team.
Indeed, he's listed as probable after participating in full during Friday's practice, but Jack Del Rio says there's no question whether Welker will play.
Peyton Manning was a full participant, while Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, and Joel Dreessen made limited returns; Champ Bailey was again limited.
None of the four moved on to the final round last year.
In all, 19 players and six coaches/execs made the initial cutdown, and 15 of those 25 will join senior nominees Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey as finalists on January 8.
Peyton Manning (ankle), Wes Welker (concussion), Julius Thomas, (knee), and Joel Dreessen (knee) were held out of practice on Wednesday.
Champ Bailey (foot) was limited, while six others were listed on the injury report as full participants.
Manning is expected to practice on Thursday and Friday in preparation for his 14th showdown with Tom Brady.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos may face a decimated Patriots secondary on Sunday night in Foxboro. New England is expected to be without CB Alfonzo Dennard, who missed Monday's loss to Carolina due to an injury that reportedly required his knee to be scoped.
Corner Aqib Talib, who allowed Steve Smith to occupy his dome for much of Monday night, was sidelined late in the game after aggravating a hip injury that had caused him to miss the Pats' three prior games.
There's apparently much more to the Rahim Moore story that we haven't heard. Here's what Vic Lombardi had to say earlier today (11/19 hour 2) on 104.3:
Listen to what I'm saying here. Listen to these words--there is more to this story. There is more to this story, and depending on how quickly it gets out there, it could get ugly, cause Rahim Moore was feeling pressure and pain in that lower leg area all week. It didn't happen in game time. It didn't just occur. He didn't show up Sunday night, dancing around, feeling healthy, and suddenly the leg gets banged. He was feeling that all week. Some people knew about it...