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2018 Schedule
4-6, 3rd in AFC West

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos cornerback Adam Jones has indeed been released by the Broncos a team source has confirmed. Jones posted on his Instagram account this afternoon "Well Denver it was good, thanks for opportunity!!! On to the next !!!'' Jones played just five snaps on defense in Sunday's 23-22 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers and just three snaps on special teams. The Broncos used wide receiver River Cracraft to field a punt late in the game instead of Jones, with the Chargers punting deep into Broncos' territory, because coach Vance Joseph said Cracraft was the most reliable option for that at that point in the game. Joseph said Monday: “(Cracraft) is really sure-handed. It's as simple as that. He was a sure-handed guy ... When it's backed up like that, we put River in -- or whoever is our most sure-handed returner.”

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Monday cornerback Bradley Roby is in the concussion protocol. Roby played 62 of the Broncos' 77 snaps on defense in the 23-22 win over the Los Angeles Chargers before he left the lineup after making a tackle. With Monday night's game between the Chiefs and the Rams to still be played, the Steelers, who the Broncos will face Sunday, are currently ranked No. 3 in passing at 312.5 yards per game and Pittsburgh leads the league in pass attempts at 41.9 per game. If Roby misses Sunday's game that would put Tramaine Brock and Adam Jones into the mix far more than they were against the Chargers.

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Chargers' Allen gives Broncos no credit for rally

Asked if the Broncos rose up and played well, Keenan Allen said: "No, I don't think they played well at all. We dominated the game. Turnovers, we gave them some points and that's what happened. They suck."

Miller on INT: "I was just trying to win, man' (1:20)
Broncos edge Chargers to snap 6-game winning streak (1:32)
Sutton's big gain sets up game-winning FG (0:31)
Lindsay drives in a 3-yard touchdown (0:23)
Miller picks off Rivers, returns it 42 yards (0:33)
Lindsay erupts for 41-yard TD (0:23)

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos inactives: G/C Nico Faleh, G Max Garcia, LB Alexander Johnson, LB Brandon Marshall, S Dymonte Thomas, S Shamarko Thomas, DE DeMarcus Walker.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

And with running back Royce Freeman back in the lineup for the Broncos Sunday -- Freeman has missed the last two games with an ankle injury -- coach Vance Joseph said it's back to the "hot hand'' approach on how the carries get split between Freeman and Phillip Lindsay. "I said this in training camp, the hot guy will play more reps probably. But we have a plan for all three of our (running backs).''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall will also miss his second consecutive game because of a knee injury. Marshall has been officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. After Friday's practice, coach Vance Joseph said: "He's progressing, when he's healthy he'll play, but right now he's not. Josey (Jewell) has played good football, and we've got Su'a Cravens back so he's playing some dime 'backer for us. When (Marshall) is healthy, he'll play.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

With Max Garcia and Matt Paradis now out for the remainder of the season, the Broncos' offensive line against the Chargers is now expected to be: Garett Bolles at LT, Billy Turner at LG, Connor McGovern at C, Elijah Wilkinson at RG and Jared Veldheer at RT. After Friday's practice coach Vance Joseph added that rookie Sam Jones will be in uniform for the game as will Gino Gradkowski, who was signed on Monday.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos will now face the Chargers Sunday with three starters out of the lineup in the offensive line. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam has confirmed guard Max Garcia practiced at least some Thursday on a torn ACL and will now miss the remainder of the season. Center Matt Paradis went to injured reserve Monday with a fractured right fibula to go with ligament damage he suffered in the loss to the Houston Texans and guard Ron Leary has been on injured reserve since Oct. 20. Those three players have made 115 combined starts for the Broncos.

Bruschi: Don't overlook the Chargers (0:58)

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After Thursday's practice, Broncos linebacker Von Miller called this year's Chargers the "best Chargers team I've faced'' and when asked to point to a reason Los Angeles was 7-2, Miller said: "They're running the ball great. For the last seven years that I've played them, it's been the Philip Rivers show, Philip do everything, we're going to ride Philip all the way to the Super Bowl. You can definitely do that, but it's tough when you've got one guy and you're trying to get one guy to do everything. Now I feel like, this is my opinion, they've taken some of the weight off Philip.'' At the moment Rivers is the No. 3-rated passer in the league, behind Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes, while Rivers' 21 touchdown passes tie him for fourth in the league and he's been sacked just 12 times.

Barnwell Show: Lindsay Jones & Katherine Terrell talk AFC

Bill welcomes Lindsay Jones of The Athletic to talk AFC West, including how the Chiefs look in their preparations for a big MNF matchup with the Rams (0:55) as well as if Vance Joseph (19:35) and Derek Carr (30:42) are in trouble in Denver and Oakland respectively. Plus, Katherine Terrell joins to talk AFC North, including Hue Jackson's return to Cincy (38:04) and what Le'Veon Bell's next move may be (1:04:01).

Team Stats

Passing Yards247.1
Rushing Yards124.8
Points For22.83rd
Points Against23.5