ENGLEWOOD—It won’t help them this Sunday at New Orleans, but the Denver Broncos did report positive news Friday regarding the health of defensive stars Aqib Talib and Derek Wolfe.
There is real hope both will return from injuries after the bye week and be available for what will be an important AFC West game Nov. 27 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Yeah, I would say very much so,’’ said Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak. “Until we get there … but … I sure as hell hope so. I think they’re close. I think we’re lucky with Derek. And Aqib has kind of been trending in that direction the whole time.’’
Talib, the team’s best cover cornerback, will miss his third consecutive game Sunday because of a disc/lumbar injury in his lower back. Wolfe will miss his first game because of a fractured right elbow but if he does return to play against the Chiefs, it would be well ahead of when his bone break would sufficiently heal.
As for stopping Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints’ No. 1-ranked offense without Talib and Wolfe, good luck. Talib and Wolfe will accompany the Broncos on their trip to New Orleans, a sign they are far enough in their recovery to play in the team’s following game. But they have been ruled out to play.
After the game Sunday against the Saints, the 6-3 Broncos will have light conditioning work and practices Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before breaking for their bye week.
They then return for the final six games on their regular-season schedule starting with their game against the Chiefs at soon-to-be-renamed Sports Authority Field at Mile High.