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5-8, 3rd in AFC West

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

And with the Broncos now set to officially add defensive lineman Kyle Peko to the active roster, it will be rookie wide receiver Juwann Winfree who is headed to injured reserve. Winfree had played in three games this season and been a gameday inactive 10 times. Winfree suffered a hamstring injury in Wednesday's practice.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos tight end Noah Fant (foot/hip), who did not practice on Wednesday and was limited in Thursday's practice, will be formally listed as questionable for Sunday's game, but is expected to play against the Chiefs. Asked if Fant might be limited in the game, Fangio said after Friday's practice "possibly, but hopefully not.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

On Ja'Wuan James, Broncos coach Vic Fangio was asked after Friday's practice if James had re-aggravated the knee injury that has limited him since he was first injured in the season opener."I'm not really sure other than it's still bothering him some, but I don't have great details for you.'' As the Broncos add a defensive lineman Friday (Kyle Peko announced on social media he's coming back) moving James to injured reserve is one of the options the team will consider.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos have several players who are now ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. They are: G Ron Leary (concussion) T Ja'Wuan James (knee) DE DeMarcus Walker (ankle) DE Adam Gotsis (knee) WR Juwann Winfree (hamstring)

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos right tackle Ja'Wuan James (knee) is not practicing Friday. He has not practiced this week after he played the first half of the win over the Houston Texans this past Sunday. Guard Ron Leary (concussion) also not practicing. Would not expect either player to play Sunday against the Chiefs. James has played 63 snaps combined in three games this season.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

And when asked who had been the fastest player he had seen before Tyreek Hill, Fangio said Thursday: “When I with the Niners we played the Steelers when Mike Wallace was young and he was really, really fast … This guy (Hill) is definitely the fastest and the only guy who comes close and he wasn't a receiver, was Bo Jackson, coaching against him. Deion (Sanders) too. Those three names tell you fast.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After over 30 years in the NFL as an assistant coach and a head coach, Broncos coach Vic Fangio declared the Chiefs' Tyreek Hill as the fastest player Fangio has seen. “Honestly there's been some fast guys, but I do think he's the fastest that I've seen in my time,'' Fangio said. "And he's very athletic, he's not just a straight-line track guy fast, he can change direction on the dime, real quick, great runner after the catch, probably be a hell of a punt returner if they wanted him to be.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Thursday guard Ron Leary (concussion), defensive end Dre'Mont Jones (ankle), linebacker Joe Jones (back), wide receiver Juwann Winfree (hamstring), defensive end DeMarcus Walker (ankle) and tackle Ja'Wuan James (knee) would not practice. Joe Jones., Winfree and Walker were each injured in practice Wednesday.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Thursday the Broncos selected safety Justin Simmons, who is one of the most active players in the league when it comes to his work in the community, as the team's nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award (the league-wide award winner is named Super Bowl week). Von Miller was named the team's Community Impact Award winner, while Chris Harris Jr, Joe Jones, Brandon McManus and Will Parks were each named Community Ambassadors. Dalton Risner was also honored among the team's rookies.

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Sherman, Jenkins join Payton Award nominees

Veteran defensive backs and team leaders Richard Sherman of the 49ers and Malcolm Jenkins of the Eagles are among the 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said on a conference call earlier Wednesday, the success of young quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Drew Lock was "good for the league.'' Fangio was asked about that before Wednesday's practice, "to hell with the league, it's good for the Broncos.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

More Fangio on schedule/realignment: "Keep it at 16 games, you'll avoid the problem that's probably going to happen this year where an 8-8 team is hosting a 12-4 team, you're going to get the six best teams in each conference ... But I'm not for 17 games.'' Said 17 games too many and "the injuries start to pile up.'' Asked if rivalries would be lessened if teams only played each other once a year: "Doesn't hurt the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, Alabama-Auburn, they play once a year.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vic Fangio's take on what an NFL schedule and re-alignment would like in his perfect world (he was asked Wednesday about the possibility of a 17-game regular-season schedule): "My idea or suggestion, which has never been put forth in front of anybody important, I don't think there should be divisions. You got 16 (teams) in each conference and everybody should play each other once. That's 15 games. OK, then if you want a 16th game, you play a natural rival from another conference.''

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Broncos QB Lock excited about K.C. homecoming

Drew Lock hopes his friends and family will be making noise for the Broncos when the rookie quarterback returns home to Kansas City for just his third NFL start.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vic Fangio on rookie quarterback Drew Lock: "I do think he played much better (Sunday) than he did the week before, thought his passing was more accurate and more crisp than it was the week before ... I think overall he's had a good two-week start to his career.'' And Fangio added: "He's done well for two games, that's about all it is.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Vic Fangio also said Monday tight end Noah Fant has both a foot injury -- "he got stepped on'' -- and what Fangio called a "little hip irritation injury.'' Fangio said Fant was still being evaluated by the medical staff, "but hopefully optimistic.'' Fant has also already set the team's rookie record for catches by a tight end -- 35 receptions through 13 games -- and has two 100-yard receiving including Sunday's win in Houston.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

On defensive end Dre'Mont Jones' injury, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Monday: "It's a high-ankle sprain, we're not sure of the severity, could be that he might be able to play this week or it could be he could miss a couple weeks, the next couple days will tell.''

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Drew Lock recorded a Total QBR of 98.7 today. That's the highest QBR game this season by a quarterback not named Lamar Jackson.

Team Stats

Passing Yards196.230th
Rushing Yards106.918th
Points For18.227th
Points Against20.1