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Broncos injury updates: Denver will have nearly all hands on deck

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The Denver Broncos will be without their longsnapper, while the Kansas City Chiefs will be missing a bunch of impact players.

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The phrase “catching them at the right time” could not have more meaning this week as the Denver Broncos are at nearly full strength with only longsnapper Casey Kreiter ruled out for Sunday nights game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“We signed Gafford today,” head coach Gary Kubiak said of signing Thomas Gafford to sub for Kreiter this week. “He’s been in the league for a few years. Joe [DeCamillis] knows him. He’s bounced around a few teams, so there’s a lot of work to do catching him up today. He did a good job. He’ll make up some more ground tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, the Chiefs will be without Dee Ford, Jeremy Maclin and Jaye Howard. They have five other players who are questionable, including Dontari Poe and Marcus Peters.

Broncos vs Chiefs Injury Report

Denver Broncos

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Casey Kreiter LS Calf LIMITED DNP DNP OUT
Matt Paradis C Hips LIMITED DNP FULL
Aqib Talib CB Low Back LIMITED LIMITED FULL
T.J. Ward S Hamstring LIMITED LIMITED FULL
Derek Wolfe DE Elbow LIMITED LIMITED FULL
Andy Janovich FB Hand FULL FULL FULL
Trevor Siemian QB Left Shoulder FULL FULL FULL
Billy Winn DE Hip FULL FULL FULL

Kansas City Chiefs

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Jaye Howard DL Hip DNP DNP DNP OUT
Dee Ford LB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP OUT
Derrick Johnson LB Achilles DNP FULL DNP QUESTIONABLE
Jeremy Maclin WR Groin DNP DNP DNP OUT
Dontari Poe DT Back DNP LIMITED DNP QUESTIONABLE
Kendall Reyes DE Knee DNP DNP LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Charcandrick West RB Concussion DNP FULL FULL
Tamba Hali LB Knee LIMITED LIMITED DNP
Marcus Peters CB Hip LIMITED LIMITED FULL QUESTIONABLE
Steven Nelson CB Neck NOT LISTED DNP DNP QUESTIONABLE

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.