Good Morning, and Happy Thanksgiving, Broncos fans! Denver held Peyton Manning out of practice for the third consecutive Wednesday to rest his ailing ankles.
Knowshon Moreno, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Joel Dreessen, and Omar Bolden were also held out.
Champ Bailey, Julius Thomas, and Kayvon Webster were limited, while six others were listed as full participants.
Manning and Dreessen are expected back for today's practice.
As expected, the Broncos have placed Kevin Vickerson on IR and replaced him with a veteran free agent.
Denver has signed DT Sione Fua (6-1, 310), a third-year player drafted by Carolina in the third round (97th overall) of the 2011 Draft.
The Stanford alum has 22 total tackles and one forced fumble in 27 career games (12 starts).
Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! According to Joan Niesen, the team is expected to place Kevin Vickerson on IR and replace him with a veteran free agent.
Big Vick's hip dislocation is expected to require 6-8 weeks to heal, meaning his roster spot would essentially be wasted until late in the postseason, were he not placed on IR.
Sly Williams, Mitch Unrein, and Malik Jackson all figure to see more playing time in Vickerson's absence.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! San Francisco (7-4) cruised to a 27-6 victory over Washington (3-8) on Thursday night, keeping them in position for the NFC's final Wild Card.
The Niners were led by three TD passes from Colin Kaepernick and held RG3 & Co. to just 190 total yards.
San Francisco is expected to activate WR Michael Crabtree from their PUP list today and have him on the field against St. Louis on Sunday.
According to Adam Schefter, Broncos DT Kevin Vickerson suffered a dislocated hip on Sunday night. While the injury will not require surgery, it will keep Big Vick out for at least six weeks, and may end his season.
Vickerson has played 403 snaps in 11 games (consistently 35-40 per game), grading out at minus-6.4 overall. PFF credits him with one sack, one QB hit, 14 hurries, two batted passes, 20 total tackles, and 17 stops.
Enjoy the game!
From his upper-class perch, Jim Saccomano wants Broncos fans who aren't season ticket holders to know just how much pain he's in this morning:
Hard for those who are not with team or are season tix holders who never miss a game to fully comprehend the personal sting of loss...— Jim Saccomano (@broncos_sacco) November 25, 2013
According to Jack Del Rio, the Broncos expect to have both Julius Thomas and Champ Bailey back on the field for the rematch with the Chiefs at Arrowhead.
He says the team is still awaiting the MRI results on the injured hip of Kevin Vickerson, while Knowshon Moreno's ankle is merely bruised, making him day-to-day, along with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Combined with the injury to Chiefs LB Justin Houston, these are extremely positive developments for a team with a chance at a sweep of Kansas City on Sunday.
There were so many key and momentum-shifting plays, that it's almost unfair to say one was clearly more decisive than another within the context of the game.
Wes Welker, of course, played a central role in the game's last big play, and for his part, he's taking the blame.
But it was an earlier flub by Welker that may have been just as costly, and unfortunately, it's something we just have to get used to as Broncos fans:
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.