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Key Injuries Could Hurt Broncos, Even After Huge Win

Key Injuries Could Hurt Broncos, Even After Huge Win

In a game where the Broncos flexed their might in the AFC West by beating the Chiefs, not everything was good in Dove Valley on Monday morning. During Sunday night’s game in Denver, the Broncos had serious injuries to breakout tight end Julius Thomas and wide receiver Wes Welker, which was only added trouble to the issues they had with Rahim Moore.

The good news for the Broncos is that after an MRI on Monday, it looks as if Thomas should be okay to go for the huge showdown with the Patriots this weekend. Thomas has had a big impact on the Broncos this year, and been a consistent target for Peyton Manning to hit when he is in need of clutch yardage.

Unfortunately for Welker, results showed that the receiver had sustained a concussion during Sunday’s game. The hit came late in the game, and he was immediately taken to the locker room for further evaluation. Whether or not Welker is ready to get back to the field, the NFL will require him to miss practice at least until Friday. With all of the talk from former players about the severity of concussions, you can bet that Welker won’t be cleared to play until he can pass all of the required testing. But considering this Sunday’s matchup will be against the team that wasn’t willing to sign him to the big contract he wanted, you can also bet that he’ll want to be playing on Sunday night.

 

As for Moore, he was placed on the IR on Tuesday, although he was designated for return if that option presents itself. Knowing they would be missing a huge asset on defense, the Broncos went out and signed Michael Huff on Tuesday. Huff, the former All-American Texas Longhorn and seventh overall pick in 2006, played for the Raiders for six years before playing in the first seven games of the Ravens season this year. Many will assume that Huff will be a great addition to the Broncos defense, but you have to wonder how long it’ll take to acclimate to the system. The Broncos are already without Champ Bailey, so they have serious holes in their secondary. Luckily for them, Von Miller is looking to be in great shape, especially considering he missed a handful of games to start the season for violating the leagues substance abuse policy.

 

The Broncos made a huge statement last weekend in their win over the Chiefs. They would love to follow it up this weekend against the Patriots as well. However, going against Tom Brady would be no easy task no matter what defense you put out there, so imagine the difficulties that will be presented with new pieces on the field. Although none of this may matter, if Peyton Manning can keep outscoring offenses and having the Broncos firing on all cylinders like he has done all season long.

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