Broncos to be without Paxton, Decker; Fisher takes Rams job

It turns out the Broncos will be without LS Lonie Paxton tomorrow for their divisional playoff game against New England. Word had been that despite missing practice this week due to personal reasons, Paxton would be present tomorrow. Denver doesn't list a backup long snapper on its depth chart, but Arnie Stapleton says Russ Hochstein is likely to fill in for Paxton. According to PFW, the Broncos worked out two long snappers yesterday: Jason Kyle and Andrew Schulze.

I was going to insert a spy joke here, but obviously something rather serious is going on in his life. Whatever Lonie's dealing with, our thoughts go out to him and his family.

As expected, Eric Decker is also out, while Brian Dawkins is listed as doubtful but not expected to play. David Bruton, Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil and Daniel Fells are all listed as probable.

Meanwhile, in typical fashion the Patriots have listed 13 players as Questionable, including a slew of key players.

There is some great news to report, however: Jeff Fisher has reportedly decided to take the St. Louis head job, which eliminates the opporunity for Denver DC Dennis Allen.

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