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Broncos injury updates: Denver dealing with slew of injuries in Week 13

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The Denver Broncos have begun another losing streak and are now also dealing with a slew of injuries to some vitally important defensive players.

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The Denver Broncos have five players who did not participate in practice on Wednesday due to injury and four others who were limited. The local media is manic about Drew Lock and the quarterback situation, so only a handful of questions were asked about where these players might be come game time.

The two notable responses came for Von Miller and Ja’Wuan James. Head Coach Vic Fangio said that Miller is progressing fine from his knee issue and should be okay, but did not allude to any game status for now. Even if he plays, I would hope they put him on a strict pitch count. As for James, he was a full participant and looks to be ready for to return yet again to the lineup in this game, which should be a huge relief for rookie Lock if he gets his first start on Sunday.

Alexander Johnson and Shelby Harris are both on the DNP list for Wednesday too, but we’ll have to wait for the quarterback mania to die down a little bit for the boots on the ground to remember that those questions about other players need to be asked too. And yes, I am finding the quarterback stuff to be a bit over-the-top this week.

For the Los Angeles Chargers, they are looking fairly healthy (went ignoring how many of their players are on IR again this year). They might be a full go for all the guys on their injury report.

Broncos injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Duke Dawson CB Concussion DNP DNP LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Chris Harris Jr. CB NIR DNP FULL FULL
Shelby Harris DE Ankle DNP LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Josey Jewell ILB Ankle DNP LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Alexander Johnson ILB Knee DNP DNP LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Von Miller OLB Knee DNP DNP LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Derek Wolfe DE NIR DNP FULL FULL
Justin Hollins LB Hamstring LIMITED LIMITED FULL
Ron Leary G Shoulder / Neck LIMITED LIMITED FULL
Connor McGovern C Back LIMITED LIMITED FULL
Tim Patrick WR Shoulder LIMITED LIMITED FULL
Jeff Heuerman TE Knee FULL FULL FULL
Ja’Wuan James T Knee FULL FULL FULL QUESTIONABLE
Joseph Jones ILB Foot FULL FULL FULL
Will Parks S Hand FULL FULL FULL
Dalton Risner G Ankle FULL FULL FULL

Chargers injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Thomas Davis LB Knee LIMITED FULL FULL
Russell Okung T Groin LIMITED LIMITED FULL QUESTIONABLE
Sam Tevi T Knee LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Mike Williams WR Knee LIMITED FULL FULL
Justin Jackson RB Calf FULL FULL FULL
Drue Tranquill LB Calf FULL FULL FULL
Geremy Davis WR Hamstring NOT LISTED NOT LISTED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE

BOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR­- Indicates not injury related; *- Team conducted a walk through / report is an estimation.

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.