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Broncos-Chiefs injury update: Shane Ray is doubtful to play

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The Denver Broncos will be down a lot of players against the Kansas City Chiefs, including edge rusher Shane Ray.

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The Denver Broncos (3-4) will be without several key players as Royce Freeman, Darian Stewart, Jared Veldheer and DaeSean Hamilton, while edge rusher Shane Ray is listed as doubtful. All five of those players would have been important players to have on the field against the Kansas City Chiefs (6-1).

Will Parks will be taking over for Stewart, who is recovering from multiple neck stingers.

“Will’s played a lot of football here,” Head coach Vance Joseph said on Friday. “He’s got some experience. Will, his skillset for this game is really going to help us because he can really run and play the ball and he can cover tight ends. Obviously, he’s been our dime, so now on base downs, he’ll be one of the high safeties. I think his skillset fits this gameplan.”

The Chiefs, meanwhile, could be without both Justin Houston and Eric Berry who are listed as doubtful. This bodes well for the Broncos offense as they will need to put up plenty of points to keep pace with Patrick Mahomes.

Broncos injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Nico Falah C Concussion DNP LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Royce Freeman RB Ankle DNP DNP DNP OUT
DaeSean Hamilton WR Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
Shane Ray OLB Ankle / Wrist DNP DNP LIMITED DOUBTFUL
Darian Stewart S Neck DNP DNP DNP OUT
Jared Veldheer T Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
Brandon Marshall ILB Knee LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Adam Jones CB Thigh FULL FULL FULL
Matt LaCosse TE Knee FULL FULL FULL
Demaryius Thomas WR Wrist FULL FULL FULL
Dymonte Thomas S Chest FULL FULL FULL
Von Miller OLB Ankle NOT LISTED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE

Chiefs injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Eric Berry S Heel DNP DNP DNP DOUBTFUL
Justin Houston LB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP DOUBTFUL
Mitch Morse C Concussion DNP DNP DNP OUT
Cam Erving G Quad FULL FULL FULL
Tanoh Kpassagnon LB Ankle FULL FULL FULL
Eric Murray S Ankle FULL FULL FULL
Spencer Ware RB Ankle FULL FULL FULL

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.