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Broncos Raiders injury updates: Aqib Talib is ruled out for game

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The Denver Broncos will be without a key figure of its No Fly Zone when it takes on the high-powered Oakland Raiders offense.

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The Denver Broncos will be without Aqib Talib for the second consecutive game as they travel to face the Oakland Raiders in a critical AFC West showdown on Sunday Night Football.

Talib’s back spasms are not healing very well, but the team is taking proactive steps to get him on the path of full recovery.

“What’s going on right now is he has good days and bad days,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “He’s going to get an injection today—he may have already had it—and let it calm down over the weekend. He’s doing well, so we feel good moving forward. Obviously, we’ll rule him out this weekend and go to work.”

The game availability of Matt Paradis and Brandon Marshall are also in question, but it looks like they both might be ready to go by Sunday night.

News also came out that Andy Janovich’s injury is actually a broken bone in his hand, which will have a 3-4 week recovery time. Until then he will be limited by a club on his hand that affects both his ability to catch passes and block defenders.

Broncos vs. Raiders Injury Report

Denver Broncos

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

Oakland Raiders

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