The Broncos will head into a pivotal AFC West matchup without one of their best defenders.
Cornerback Aqib Talib will not play Sunday because of a back injury, coach Gary Kubiak said Friday. Kubiak told reporters that Talib was scheduled to receive a lower-back pain injection and that he would be re-evaluated by the team next week.
Talib missed last week’s win over the Chargers with the injury.
Cornerback Kayvon Webster (hamstring), center Matt Paradis (hip) and inside linebacker Brandon Marshall (hamstring) are listed as questionable for Sunday, but Kubiak expects all three to play.
Here are some other injuries we are tracking Friday heading into Sunday’s games:
1. Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (knee, back) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Tony Romo was ruled out. Romo practiced again Friday. Cornerback Morris Claiborne has a strained groin, which is a better prognosis than originally thought. However, he will not play this week.
2. Bills running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) was limited in practice, coach Rex Ryan said, but he should play Monday against the Seahawks. “I think he’s really close. I’m thinking he’s going,” Ryan said. Defensive end Marcell Dareus (groin) was limited, too.
3. Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday against the Jaguars. Charcandrick West will get most of the running back work in his absence. Jamaal Charles had his meniscus “trimmed” earlier this week. He is currently on injured reserve.
Wideout Jeremy Maclin (groin) is questionable, along with defensive lineman Jaye Howard (hip).
4. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee) and running back DeAngelo Williams (knee) are both questionable to play against the Ravens. Barring a setback, Roethlisberger should play Sunday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Up to the Minute Live on Friday.
5. Raiders wideout Amari Cooper is questionable with a back injury after being limited all week. Also questionable are cornerback Sean Smith (shoulder), offensive tackle Menelik Watson (calf) and center Rodney Hudson (knee). Smith is confident he’ll play Sunday.
6. Giants receiver Odell Beckham (hip) is not on the injury report after being limited earlier in the week. NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones said Beckham was limited in practice. Safety Nat Berhe (concussion) is questionable.
7. Packers running back James Starks (knee) will not play against the Lions after being limited in practice for a second consecutive day. Wide receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring) is limited and wide receiver Ty Montgomery (illness) will play. Guard T.J. Lang (hip) will be active and linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) is questionable.
9. Browns center Cam Erving (shoulder) is expected to play by coach Hue Jackson on Sunday. Linebacker Tank Carder (concussion) returned to practice and is expected to play. He is questionable.
11. Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly didn’t practice with a groin injury but is expected to play despite his questionable designation. Defensive tackle Vernon Butler (ankle), offensive tackle Michael Oher (concussion) and linebacker Shaq Thompson (knee) are out for Sunday against the Rams.
12. Colts cornerback Vontae Davis is still in the concussion protocol. He is in the final phases and needs to see the independent evaluator Saturday, coach Chuck Pagano said.
13. Titans tight end Delanie Walker (groin) is questionable and a game-time decision to play Sunday.
15. Vikings guard Alex Boone and linebacker Eric Kendricks were both ruled out with concussions. Running back Jerick McKinnon is questionable with an ankle injury.
16. Chargers tight end Hunter Henry was ruled out Sunday with a knee injury. Wideout Travis Benjamin (PCL sprain) is questionable.
17. Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron was ruled out with a concussion. Also ruled out was cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) and tight end Dion Sims (concussion).
18. Saints linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and James Laurinaitis were ruled out. Delvin Breaux, Stephone Anthony and Terron Armstead are questionable.
19. Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy (knee, quad) was ruled out. Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (ankle), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), running back Theo Riddick (ankle), and cornerback Darius Slay (hamstring) are questionable.
20. Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans remains in concussion protocol after suffering a hit during Thursday’s loss to the Falcons, coach Dirk Koetter said. Koetter added that he expects Evans to practice Monday. Tampa Bay running back Antone Smith and defensive end Howard Jones suffered season-ending knee injuries in the loss. Smith is now the fourth Bucs running back to go down to injury this season. Koetter reiterated that Jameis Winston, who made an fourth-quarter exit Thursday because of a knee injury, is fine.
21. Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers (groin), cornerback Trumaine Johnson (ankle) and defensive end William Hayes (ankle) were all limited and are questionable to play Friday.