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Broncos Raiders participation report: Key defensive veterans get a day of rest

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Chris Harris Jr, Darian Stewart, and T.J. Ward all get a day of rest as the Denver Broncos focus on staying healthy down the stretch.

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The Denver Broncos are getting a bit dinged up, which makes sense given they have a Bye week so late in the year. To compensate, Gary Kubiak is giving some gets that extra rest they need.

“Did not practice today: [CB] Kayvon [Webster], [CB] Aqib [Talib], [CB] Chris Harris [Jr.], [S] T.J. Ward and [S Darian] Stewart,” Kubiak reported, “[C Matt] Paradis did not practice either. Limited was [ILB] Brandon Marshall and [RB] Devontae Booker. Full participants were ‘Shaq’ [OLB Shaquil Barrett], [FB Andy] Janovich, [OLB] DeMarcus [Ware], ‘Sly’ [NT Sylvester Williams] and [QB] Trevor [Siemian]. Another thing too, it was a rest day for three of them and Aqib’s back is still sore.”

If you are worried about either Aqib Talib or Brandon Marshall, Kubiak felt confident they would both be ready to play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

“It looks that way,” Kubiak said of the two start defenders game statuses, “Brandon had a good day today. Brandon did more than Aqib today, so we’ll take it day-by-day and see where we’re at.”

Meanwhile, the Raiders look like they will be without cornerback Sean Smith. That should give Trevor Siemian some extra confidence throwing the football. Amari Cooper was also limited by a back injury, but it is unlikely he’ll miss time.

Broncos vs. Raiders Injury Report

Denver Broncos

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Chris Harris Jr. CB NIR DNP
Matt Paradis C Hip DNP
Darian Stewart S NIR DNP
Aqib Talib CB Back DNP
T.J. Ward S NIR DNP
Kayvon Webster CB Hamstring DNP
Shaquil Barrett OLB Shoulder LIMITED
Devontae Booker RB Shoulder LIMITED
Brandon Marshall ILB Hamstring LIMITED
Andy Janovich FB Hand FULL
Trevor Siemian QB Left Shoulder FULL
DeMarcus Ware OLB Forearm FULL
Sylvester Williams NT Ankle FULL

Oakland Raiders

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Rodney Hudson C Knee DNP
Stacy McGee DT Ankle DNP
Kelechi Osemele G/T Knee DNP
Donald Penn T NIR DNP
Sean Smith CB Shoulder DNP
Vadal Alexander G/T Ankle LIMITED
Amari Cooper WR Back LIMITED
Taiwan Jones RB Knee LIMITED
Jamize Olawale FB Ankle LIMITED
Menelik Watson T Calf LIMITED

BOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR­- Indicates not injury related.

STATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full: 100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play.