Denver Broncos Notes: Prior To Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round Game vs. San Diego Chargers

Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) passes in the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos are the healthiest they have been all season and are ready for the San Diego Chargers come Sunday afternoon. However, the Broncos will be without defensive end Derek Wolfe who has been out since November 27th due to seizure like symptoms. Here is more from Irv Moss of The Denver Post:

Fox listed only defensive lineman Derek Wolfe as being out for the game. Wolfe has been sidelined most of the season after suffering seizure symptoms Nov. 29 — two days before a game against the Chiefs at Kansas City. He has returned only briefly to the practice field since, but has not been available for game duty.

Head coach John Fox did list safety Rahim Moore as active as well. Moore has missed quite a bit of time since suffering a serious leg injury that could have possibly ended his NFL career. Slot Receiver Wes Welker is back in the mix after missing the past three games due to concussion symptoms.

The Denver Broncos will receive a big third down boost with Welker back in the line-up. Here is more from Mike Klis of The Denver Post:

In their first 13 games with Wes Welker in the slot, the Broncos were 82-of-170 on third down (48.2 percent). In their first two games without Welker — against San Diego and Houston — the Broncos were only 4-of-20 on third down (20 percent).

Wesley Woodyard knew the Broncos didn’t play up to the level they are capable in the last meeting against the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers came away with the victory 27-20 and controlled the ball for nearly 40 of the 60 minutes. Here is what Woodyard had to say about the game via The Denver Post:

“Honestly, looking at that (Dec. 12) film, we weren’t at our top, we weren’t at our best,” said Broncos linebacker and co-captain Wesley Woodyard. “Anytime we play those guys, it’s going to be a close game. It’s one of our greatest rivalries. They were a great team a few years back and they’re still a good team now, so it’s always going to be that up-and-down battle. But I guarantee we’re going to be ready this week.”

For more on the game between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos, here is the full game preview and here is the position-by-position battle on which team has the upper-hand.

Topics: Denver Broncos, NFL, Playoffs

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