Injury Report: MRIs take center stage, but Broncos still have big AFCW edge

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.

Denver's Knowshon Moreno, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Kevin Vickerson will also have MRIs today.

Moreno left Gillette Stadium on crutches and in a walking boot after suffering a right ankle injury; Vickerson injured his right hip.

Rodgers-Cromartie dove for what would have been a meaningless interception as time expired in the first half Sunday night, suffering a shoulder injury that kept him from returning.

Omar Bolden suffered a concussion late in the game, and will be subject to the league's protocol; we won't know his status until Friday at the earliest.

While the Broncos and Chiefs remain tied atop the AFCW following their heartbreaking losses on Sunday, the Broncos still hold a significant advantage.

By losing to the visiting Chargers, Kansas City now has two divisional losses, while Denver has none.

So even if the Chiefs pull off the upset next Sunday and wipe out the Broncos' head-to-head edge, their path to an AFCW title would be rather slim.

They would need either to finish with an overall better record than Denver, or for the Broncos to lose at home to San Diego or at Oakland, to wipe out the division record tiebreaker.

After Sunday's visit from the Broncos, Kansas City must go on the road for three of its last four games - they'll play at Washington, at Oakland, host Indianapolis in Week 16, and wrap up the regular season at San Diego.

Meanwhile, the Broncos will host the Titans and Chargers, before heading to Houston (where the crowd now boos the home team loudly enough to force them into a silent count) and Oakland to close out the season.

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