Much of the snow remained, and the temperature was probably still below freezing, but that didn’t keep the Broncos from being in high spirits as they wrapped up their week of practice Friday morning.
Last night on the NFL Network, the Chargers and Raiders faced off in a game that had many a Bronco staring at the television.
Many hoped for the Raiders to pull the upset and push the Chargers further away from playoff contention, but at least one person at Dove Valley didn’t think along those lines — the Head Coach.
“I never pull for the Raiders,” Head Coach Mike Shanahan said after practice. “No matter what the case is. That shows you it goes deep.”
Champ Bailey continues to work his way back from his groin injury suffered against New England, and he hopes to be able to play against the Chiefs on Sunday.
“I think I’ve progressed, but the thing is it’s moving so slow – it’s very frustrating,” Bailey said. “But I’ve just got to deal with it as it is. I think a lot of rest will help. Ive been out there on the field doing more than I thought I could do, so hopefully as time goes on in the next couple of days, I’ll be able to play.”
Bailey also weighed in on the importance of winning on Sunday.
“For some reason we’ve played them well at home. We haven’t played them well up there. We do have them here, and hopefully we can get this win. I know it’s another step closer to winning the division. It’s crazy because we feel like we need this game. We don’t want to go all the way to the last game trying to clinch everything.”
CUTLER, HILLIS HONORED
Jay Cutler and Peyton Hillis have been voted Fed Ex Air and Ground Players of the Week for their performances in the Broncos’ 34-17 win over the Jets in Week 13.
Cutler passed for 357 yards and two touchdowns completing 27 of 43 attempts in the game while Hillis amassed 129 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 attempts.
While Cutler won this award for his performance in the Broncos’ Week 10 win in Cleveland, this marks the first time Hillis has received it.
But it doesn’t end there for Hillis — he earned Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors as well.
The official injury report for the Broncos and Chiefs has been released.
The Broncos have listed D.J. Williams as doubtful while Ebenezer Ekuban, Marlon McCree, Champ Bailey and Spencer Larsen are questionable. Nate Webster is probably for his return to action Sunday.
Shanahan said that “most of the guys” would be game time decisions. He also said the weather could also play a factor in the return of the injured Broncos.
As for the Chiefs, wide receiver Mark Bradley, linebacker Donnie Edwards and cornerback Patrick Surtain will not play this weekend. Guard Adrian Jones and linebacker Pat Smith are questionable.
“I watched a little bit. It got out of hand pretty early, so I kind of started watching my shows after that.” — Champ Bailey on last night’s game between Oakland and San Diego.
– Adam Zinser, DenverBroncos.com
And here’s a look at this morning’s action…