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.
Fellow corner Kyle Arrington has been hampered by a groin injury but is expected to play, while safety Steve Gregory is out with a thumb injury.
New England has already been playing without star defenders DT Vince Wilfork and LB Jerod Mayo, who were lost to season-ending injuries.
Chris Mortensen reports that Wes Welker is expected to be available for Sunday, even if we won't know for sure until Friday.
As for why Welker was allowed to re-enter the Chiefs game after having suffered a concussion, the Broncos say they initially saw no signs of a head injury, and were instead focused on his neck. Once signs of a concussion were evident, Wes was pulled from the game, never to return.