The Denver Broncos may be without a few key defensive players for the divisional round of the playoffs against the Chargers. Defensive end Derek Wolfe was not seen at practice along with safety Rahim Moore and defensive end Shaun Phillips. Wolfe has been battling illness, but they had planned on him being back this week, but so far that has not been the case. Moore was placed on injured reserve designated to return in November. He became eligible to practice last week, but still has not done so. Phillips also missed practice today due to the fever he was sent home by head coach John Fox.
It is still uncertain whether Wolfe or Moore will be able to play this week, but I do expect Phillips to play. The Broncos defense is already without Von Miller who tore his ACL earlier in the year and is out for the season. That was a big loss for the Broncos because Miller is by far the best defensive player on the team. It would be a big boost for this Broncos defense if they could get all three of these defenders back to help slow down the Chargers offense, which is one of the best in the NFL at controlling the clock. The Broncos defense will need to make plays on third down to get off the field and get Peyton Manning and that dangerous offense out there.
This will be the third time these two teams have played each other and they are 1-1 against each other. The Broncos won in San Diego and the Chargers won in Denver so the Chargers will be very confident heading into this game. If the Chargers offense can keep the Broncos offense off the field again they will have a very good chance of winning this game.