Although it had been reported last month that CBS had chosen to keep the Broncos' two matchups with the Chiefs from being flexed to SNF, that's exactly what has happened with the Week 11 game in Denver.
Originally scheduled for a 4:05 pm ET start, the game will now kick off at 8:30 pm, replacing Packers/Giants.
The two teams will meet again two weeks later at Arrowhead, and that game's kickoff is expected to be shifted from 1 pm ET to 4:25 pm ET.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's fifth career touchdown - and first as a Bronco - helped earn him the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week award for Week 8.
Per Adam Schefter:
Broncos HC John Fox said X-rays on TE Julius Thomas' ankle were negative. Broncos' bye week next.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2013
It didn't look like Thomas was seriously injuried when he walked off the field on Sunday, but this is still good news for the Broncos going into their bye week.
Eight Broncos are listed as probable after practicing in full on Friday, including Peyton Manning, Wesley Woodyard, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, Shaun Phillips, and Robert Ayers.
Joel Dreessen and Mitch Unrein are also probable, Orlando Franklin and Chris Kuper are questionable after being limited participants, and Champ Bailey is out.
Of the eight Broncos who were held out of practice on Wednesday, six of them returned to action on Thursday. Peyton Manning and Eric Decker were full participants, while Orlando Franklin, Wes Welker, Shaun Phillips, and Joel Dreessen were limited.
Wesley Woodyard and Mitch Unrein were full participants after having been limited on Wednesday, while Chris Kuper and Champ Bailey again missed practice.
Sunday's loss at Indy exacted not only an emotional toll on Peyton Manning and the Broncos, but a physical one as well.
As a result, Manning, Champ Bailey, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, Shaun Phillips, Joel Dreessen, and Chris Kuper did not practice. Orlando Franklin, whose absence against the Colts contributed in large part to Manning's rough night, did not practice either.
Following the departure of Tavarres King, the Broncos have signed WR Chad Bumphis to their practice squad.
Bumphis went undrafted out of Mississippi State and signed with Miami, who made him one of their first cuts this summer.
According to Mike Klis, cornerback Champ Bailey is expected to miss Denver's upcoming game against Washington due to the foot injury he aggravated at Indy.
Meanwhile, Klis suggests that right tackle Orlando Franklin figures to be listed as questionable at best for the Return of Shanny.
Denver's bye is the following week, which has to figure into the decision on whether to play Franklin this Sunday.
Carolina claimed WR Tavarres King off waivers from Denver on Monday. King had been waived to make room for Von Miller, merely days after the Broncos had convinced him to stick around rather than join the NFCN-leading Packers. The 2013 fifth-rounder joins a team that has won three of its last four games; the Panthers cut cornerback D.J. Moore to make room for him.
Good for Tavarres; we wish him well, and hope he's able to take advantage of his new opportunity.
Just days after convincing Tavarres King to stay in Denver rather than sign with Green Bay, the Broncos have released their fifth-round wideout. A move was necessary to make room for Von Miller, who is returning from suspension.
King had been on Denver's practice squad and drawn interest from the Packers, who placed WR Randall Cobb on short-term IR this week.