DENVER (CBS4)DeMarcus Ware is out with an injury, Aqib Talib is suspended, and Peyton Manning didn’t practice on Wednesday because of a foot injury he sustained in the game against the Indianapolis Colts. But former Broncos tight end and radio personality Joel Dreessen isn’t worried about the Kansas City Chiefs coming to town.

Joel Dreessen with CBS4's Vic Lombardi on Xfinity Monday Live (credit: CBS)

Joel Dreessen with CBS4’s Vic Lombardi on Xfinity Monday Live (credit: CBS)

Manning is still expected to play Sunday against the Chiefs. He needs only three yards to break Brett Favre’s career passing mark, and a win would make him the all-time winningest regular season quarterback.

“I think there are a couple positives going the Broncos’ way. It’s the second time they’ve faced them this season and Peyton has had more time to — I hate using this term — but to mesh this offense with Coach Kubiak,” Dreessen said on Xfinity Monday Live. “I’m really excited for this game because, A, it’s at home, and B, it’s the second time Peyton has faced the Chiefs within this offense.

“And let’s not forget, Alex Smith is going to find yards very tough to come by against the Broncos’ defense.”

As a former tight end, Dreessen said Broncos fans should be very excited about the acquisition of Vernon Davis once he gets a hold on the offense.

Vernon Davis at practice on Wednesday (credit: CBS)

Vernon Davis at practice on Wednesday (credit: CBS)

“Because that personnel package, that three tight end package; I’m excited to see Owen Daniels, Virgil Green and Vernon Davis on the field at the same time,” he said. “There are just so many options you can get to as far as the run game, as far as play-action pass, you can protect Peyton more by leaving the tight end in. And Vernon brings an exceptional vertical speed element to that position. I would look for him to catch a few passes against the Chiefs.”

The Broncos host the Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver this Sunday. Kickoff is at 2:25 on CBS4.

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