John Fox answers: How long will the Broncos' starters play tonight?

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How long will the Denver Broncos starters play tonight and who won't be able to play due to injury? We have the answers.

The Denver Broncos will kickoff Week 3 of the preseason with a home showdown against the St. Louis Rams tonight. With the regular season now under two weeks ago, Denver's starters are in line to get a lot of action.

When asked on Thursday after practice if the starters would play into the third quarter, Broncos head coach John Fox answered:

"I think the majority of them, yeah. Just get them used to coming out after a halftime break. This is kind of the second-to-the last opportunity for our guys before we start the regular season so that’s the plan at this point."

So there you have it.

Fox says a "majority" of the starters will play into the second half. There's a high chance that second-year quarterback Brock Osweiler will again get reps with the first-team offense, perhaps in the third quarter.

As far as who will be able to play tonight, here's our unofficial injury report for Denver:

Out: Stewart Bradley (wrist), Champ Bailey (foot), Derek Wolfe (back), Joel Dreessen (knee), Wes Welker (ankle).

Questionable: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle).

As a precaution, the Broncos have ruled Welker out for the rest of the preseason, per NFL.com's Chris Wesseling. Meanwhile, Wolfe is making progress and hopes to be ready for the opener and Bailey is "getting closer" to returning. The target return date for Dreessen seems to be next week against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Broncos game against the Rams tonight will be nationally broadcast on CBS.

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