Brandon Marshall out until playoffs; Alex Smith out for Chiefs

Brandon Marshall (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Oakland; if the team is able to clinch a bye, the linebacker will have had four weeks of rest by the time the Broncos' first playoff game rolls around.

Emmanuel Sanders, T.J. Ward, and Paul Cornick are all questionable after being limited in Friday's practice, while all others are probable. That includes Ronnie Hillman, who is expected to see his first action since the first Oakland game (Week 10).


In the other AFCW matchup, Alex Smith has been ruled out due to a lacerated spleen (cringe). His recovery is expected to require six weeks, which means he's probably done for the season, even if the Chiefs make an improbable run with Chase Daniel at QB. We're glad Smith's injury didn't reach Shanahan/Pritchard severity.

The game is a win-and-in deal for San Diego, while KC needs to both beat the Chargers and get plenty of help elsewhere (Cleveland beats Baltimore, Jacksonville beats or ties Houston).


It's the most unlikely of scenarios, as the Browns will start Connor Shaw, whom they just promoted from their practice squad. The rookie went undrafted out of South Carolina; he replaces Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, who are injured.


In still more quarterback news, Arizona's Drew Stanton had his knee scoped on Wednesday to clear out an infection. Ryan Lindley will start in his place, but doesn't figure to carry the Cardinals far enough for Stanton to return.

Links

PFF and Legwold/Williamson preview Broncos/Raiders; Jeff Legwold predicts an easy Denver win.

San Francisco added Trindon Holliday today, making for the diminutive return man's third team since Denver non-tendered him last spring.

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