Injury Report: Welker, Ihenacho sit, are expected to play

With John Fox still in intensive care - although reportedly recovering well - plus Gary Kubiak's health scare and the consuming Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito story, it's been easy to lose sight of Sunday's game at San Diego.

But Denver will play five AFCW games among its final eight, and given the Chiefs' flawless record, each and every one of them figures to be crucial.

Jack Del Rio's crew practiced Wednesday without Wes Welker (ankle), Duke Ihenacho (ankle), and Champ Bailey (foot), while Orlando Franklin (ankle), Manny Ramirez (knee), Julius Thomas (ankle), and Joel Dreessen (knee) were limited.

Welker and Ihenacho are expected to play Sunday, while Champ's status is less clear.

Six others - including Peyton Manning (ankle) and Knowshon Moreno (ankle) - are on the injury report, but listed as full participants.

For San Diego, which lost a heartbreaker at Washington last week, Eddie Royal (toe) and T Mike Remmers (ankle) did not practice, while three others were limited, including linebacker Donald Butler (groin), who's been sidelined for a month.

Royal has not practiced in a couple of weeks, but still played in San Diego's last two games.


Videos: BTV reports on practice; Jack Del Rio, Peyton Manning, and a trio of defenders speak afterward.

JDR says he plans to keep his mitts off the offense and special teams.

Del Rio consulted with Cards coach Bruce Arians to see how he handled his own interim role with the Colts last year.

Denver's players say they have too much respect for each other to pull the garbage that was happening in the Dolphins' locker room.

Shaun Phillips returns to San Diego with no hard feelings; 7-1 versus 4-4 probably has something to do with that. Of course, he says he's looking forward to the chance to finally hit his boy Philip Rivers.

Chris Harris says he was bored by the lack of offense in last week's Chiefs/Bills game.


After getting stuffed at the goal line against Washington, San Diego is now a league-worst 2-for-11 on offensive plays from the one-yard line.

A week after Denver racked up three sacks and 13 hits (!) on Robert Griffin III, San Diego came up empty (!!) in those two categories against him.

However, Manti Te'o did notch a TFL on RG3 and fared well in coverage.

Kevin Acee is baffled that San Diego only had Ryan Mathews on the field for 15 snaps in 66 plays last week after back-to-back 100-yard games.

Tom Krasovic says benching CB Derek Cox against Washington was the right call, but that San Diego needs him on the field Sunday.

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