At his Friday press conference, Head Coach Josh McDaniels announced that Brandon Marshall will be deactivated for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Here’s what McDaniels said regarding the coaching decision.
“Our word for the week has been ‘accountability,’” he said. “We’re looking to put the 45 guys on the field on Sunday who want to play together (and) want to help us try to win and qualify for the playoffs. We talked about it as a squad on Wednesday that that’s what’s going to happen this week, and anybody who showed any indifference to that we’ll play without them, and we’ll play well anyway.”
On Friday’s Week 17 Injury Report, Daniel Graham (knee) and Eddie Royal (head/neck) were both limited participants in practice and are questionable for Sunday’s game.
Royal was inactive for Week 16 against the Eagles, but McDaniels noted there is a chance that the second-year speedster will return against the Chiefs.
“He’ll be out there and (will) go through our walkthrough today,” McDaniels said. “We’ll see how he progresses here the next couple days and make a determination on Sunday.”
If Royal cannot go, McDaniels added that Matthew Willis would be signed from the team’s practice squad to the active roster.
“He’s the last guy standing in terms of the practice squad,” McDaniels said. “If Eddie couldn’t do it, then that would be the move we would make to make sure that we had at least four (receivers) active.”
McDaniels added that there was no timetable on that potential move.
“We could do it today; we could do it tomorrow,” McDaniels said. “Right now the situation as it stands, the best thing for us to do is to wait and see how Eddie progresses, and then we’ll make our decision.”
Darrell Reid (knee), Correll Buckhalter (ankle), Brian Dawkins (knee), Renaldo Hill (ankle), Ty Law (hamstring), and Spencer Larsen (hamstring) were all full participants on Friday. Each is listed as probable.
There were no changes on the Chiefs side, but C/G Andy Alleman (back) is officially out for Sunday’s game at INVESCO Field at Mile High.
The Broncos did a walkthrough earlier this morning, and here are some photos from that session.
– Chris Gentilviso, DenverBroncos.com