No timetable has been set on Ayers' return.
"We're just trying to be there for a brother when he's down," said fellow Broncos defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson. "We all just want to support the guy."
Ayers was at the Broncos' team hotel in Kansas City on Saturday night when he learned of his father's unexpected passing. Ayers decided to play Sunday afternoon against the Chiefs.
The Broncos defeated Kansas City, 17-9 for their sixth consecutive victory. In the process, the Broncos also eliminated the Chiefs and third-place Oakland Raiders from the AFC West race while stretching their lead against the second-place San Diego Chargers to five games (counting head-to-head tiebreaker) with five to go.
Read more of Mike Klis' story in the Denver Post.
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