By Rich Kurtzman
When the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills face one another this weekend, it’ll be a match-up of dominant pass-rushing defensive lines. And while Denver will have their main quarterback assassins in Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware rushing off the edge, the man in the middle, Terrance Knighton, is listed as questionable. Knighton, affectionately referred to as “Pot Roast” is the massive man in the middle of the defense, both taking on double-team blocks as well as defending passes. His tipped pass of Alex Smith last week turned into an interception for Ware and a huge momentum swing in the Broncos’ favor. Knighton injured his elbow in the bag drill during practice this week and that means second-year man Sylvester Williams will likely get the start.
Outside, shutdown cornerback Aqib Talib is feeling better on his hamstring, and has been upgraded to “probable” this week against the Bills. He couldn’t go last Sunday, giving Tony Carter and Kayvon Webster more playing time.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Broncos are still incredibly banged up at running back, as Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman are both still sitting out of practice and will during the game, too. Luckily, C.J. Anderson has been hot as fire, knifing through opposing defenses for 167 and then 168 yards in back-to-back weeks. He’ll get the start again despite a sore ankle.
In the tight end department, both starter and backup Julius Thomas and Jacob Tamme are listed as “questionable”. That means Virgil Green, who isn’t listed on the team’s official report for the first time in many weeks, will get the start again. While Thomas and Tamme are better pass-catchers, Green is the run-blocking machine and must be at least partly credited with Anderson’s explosive emergence as of late.
One of the Bills’ beastly pass-rushers, Marcell Dareus, injured a hip last week but will give it a go against Denver as he’s officially “probable.”
Take a look at the full report for both teams below:
Running back C.J. Anderson (ankle)
Tackle Paul Cornick (shoulder)
Linebacker Larentee McCray (illness)
Center Will Montgomery (knee)
Cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring)
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle)
Running back Juwan Thompson (knee)
Wide receiver Wes Welker (non-injury)
Safety Quinton Carter (knee)
Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (elbow)
Tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs)
Tight end Julius Thomas (ankle)
Cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder)
Running back Montee Ball (groin)
Running back Ronnie Hillman (foot)
Wide receiver Cody Latimer (concussion)
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (hip)
Wide receiver Chris Hogan (hamstring)
Safety Bacarri Rambo (hamstring)
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hip)
Wide receiver Robert Woods (ankle)
Tight end Chris Gragg (knee)
Wide receiver Mike Williams (calf)
Defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee)
(Not specified at the time of submission)
Kicker Dan Capenter (groin) “guess – Probable”
Tackle Glenn Cordy (illness) “guess – Probable”
Defensive tackle Kyle Williams (illness) “guess – Probable”
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Rich Kurtzman is a Denver native, Colorado State University alumnus, sports nerd, athletics enthusiast, and competition junkie. Currently writing for a multitude of websites while working on books, one on the history of the Denver Broncos and Mile High Stadium. Rich is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.