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DeMarcus Ware injury could keep the Broncos linebacker out until Packers game

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The Broncos play the Browns in Week 6, have a bye in Week 7, and play the Packers Week 8.

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While initially thought not too serious - the linebacker himself said he was "fine" and didn't expect to miss any time - tests have come back, and Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware is expected to miss two weeks with a back strain.

Ware was carted off to the locker room during the first half of the Broncos' 16-10 win over the Raiders Sunday. After the game, Ware said he suffered back spasms. He didn't return to the field.

The timing of Ware's absence isn't bad at all. Ware would miss Week 6 against the Browns, rest up during the Broncos' bye in Week 7, and prepare to face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football in Week 8.

Plus, have you seen Shaquil Barrett and Shane Ray this season? The Broncos should be just fine without their sack leader.

Juwan Thompson, Aqib Talib day-to-day

Kubiak said that the Broncos wanted to get Thompson more involved in the run game, but the injury prevented that. The Broncos may call up Kapri Bibbs from the practice squad if Thompson can't go.