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3-6, 3rd in AFC West

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

And with running back Royce Freeman back in the lineup for the Broncos Sunday -- Freeman has missed the last two games with an ankle injury -- coach Vance Joseph said it's back to the "hot hand'' approach on how the carries get split between Freeman and Phillip Lindsay. "I said this in training camp, the hot guy will play more reps probably. But we have a plan for all three of our (running backs).''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall will also miss his second consecutive game because of a knee injury. Marshall has been officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. After Friday's practice, coach Vance Joseph said: "He's progressing, when he's healthy he'll play, but right now he's not. Josey (Jewell) has played good football, and we've got Su'a Cravens back so he's playing some dime 'backer for us. When (Marshall) is healthy, he'll play.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

With Max Garcia and Matt Paradis now out for the remainder of the season, the Broncos' offensive line against the Chargers is now expected to be: Garett Bolles at LT, Billy Turner at LG, Connor McGovern at C, Elijah Wilkinson at RG and Jared Veldheer at RT. After Friday's practice coach Vance Joseph added that rookie Sam Jones will be in uniform for the game as will Gino Gradkowski, who was signed on Monday.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos will now face the Chargers Sunday with three starters out of the lineup in the offensive line. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam has confirmed guard Max Garcia practiced at least some Thursday on a torn ACL and will now miss the remainder of the season. Center Matt Paradis went to injured reserve Monday with a fractured right fibula to go with ligament damage he suffered in the loss to the Houston Texans and guard Ron Leary has been on injured reserve since Oct. 20. Those three players have made 115 combined starts for the Broncos.

Bruschi: Don't overlook the Chargers (0:58)

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After Thursday's practice, Broncos linebacker Von Miller called this year's Chargers the "best Chargers team I've faced'' and when asked to point to a reason Los Angeles was 7-2, Miller said: "They're running the ball great. For the last seven years that I've played them, it's been the Philip Rivers show, Philip do everything, we're going to ride Philip all the way to the Super Bowl. You can definitely do that, but it's tough when you've got one guy and you're trying to get one guy to do everything. Now I feel like, this is my opinion, they've taken some of the weight off Philip.'' At the moment Rivers is the No. 3-rated passer in the league, behind Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes, while Rivers' 21 touchdown passes tie him for fourth in the league and he's been sacked just 12 times.

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Barnwell Show: Lindsay Jones & Katherine Terrell talk AFC

Bill welcomes Lindsay Jones of The Athletic to talk AFC West, including how the Chiefs look in their preparations for a big MNF matchup with the Rams (0:55) as well as if Vance Joseph (19:35) and Derek Carr (30:42) are in trouble in Denver and Oakland respectively. Plus, Katherine Terrell joins to talk AFC North, including Hue Jackson's return to Cincy (38:04) and what Le'Veon Bell's next move may be (1:04:01).

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was asked after Wednesday's practice what the team's defense needed to do as the group emerges from the bye and gets ready to play the next seven games. He said: "Just eliminate the dumb, mental errors that we have. The dumb -- not executing the plays. We know this week if we've got a double-team, we've got to execute that double team, we've got to execute it now. We've got to let all the little kid stuff, the little kid mess ups that we've had -- I call them high school mess ups -- the high school mess-ups and we've got to throw those in the bag.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos running back Royce Freeman was officially listed as limited in Wednesday's practice. He has missed the last two games with an ankle injury yet still leads the team with four rushing touchdowns. After Wednesday's practice Broncos coach Vance Joseph said: "He looked OK, it wasn't perfect, but he wants to be out there. If I'm a betting man, I'm betting on Royce that he plays Sunday.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

At Broncos Wednesday running back Royce Freeman, cornerback Bradley Roby, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton and safety Darian Stewart were all participating during the open period. Linebacker Brandon Marshall (knee) was working with the team's strength and conditioning coaches off to the side.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vance Joseph, while noting the big hit from the Texans' Kareem Jackson in Denver's Week 9 loss to Houston, also said Monday rookie running back Phillip Lindsay continues to use his elusiveness and vision to avoid the biggest hits and still be an effective inside runner. Joseph said: "He's a shifty runner ... he's a durable guy, he's got great flexibility, he doesn't take direct contact, he runs behind his pads, he's a really, really good inside runner. It's been two months, it's not a fluke, it is what it is, he's a pretty good football player.'' Lindsay leads the Broncos in carries (110), yards rushing (591) as well as yards per carry among the team's RBs (5.4). Lindsay and the Chargers' Melvin Gordon are tied for the NFL lead in yards per carry among players with at least 100 rushing attempts this season.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Monday he believed running back Royce Freeman (ankle), safety Darian Stewart (neck/stingers), wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (knee) and cornerback Bradley Roby should all practice this week. "Practice is always important ... they should be back working Wednesday. Freeman, Stewart, Hamilton have each missed the last two games while Roby missed the Week 9 loss to the Houston Texans.

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Broncos' Joseph on Thomas: He's got to move on

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he was "disappointed" in Demaryius Thomas' comments about how the team handled his trade to the Texans, but added, "He's no longer a Bronco, and I can't spend any time worrying about that."

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said after practice center Matt Paradis had surgery Wednesday to repair a fractured fibula as well as ligament damage in his right lower leg. Joseph said Paradis is now facing a "long rehab.'' Paradis had played every snap since the start of the 2015 season until his injury just before halftime in last Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans. Connor McGovern has worked at center this week and is expected to play in Paradis' spot moving forward this season.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos had their last practice of the week Wednesday before the players adjourned for the team's bye. They did not have a formal injury report, but coach Vance Joseph said following practice he expected running back Royce Freeman and safety Darian Stewart to be on track to practice when the team returned and then play Nov. 18 against the Los Angeles Chargers. Joseph also said "hopefully (cornerback) Bradley Roby is ready to roll.'' Joseph added wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (knee) should be ready to play against the Chargers as well.

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Rookie Phillip Lindsay rare bright spot for mistake-prone Broncos

The Denver Broncos finished the first half of the season with a 3-6 record. Here's a look at how they have fared and what's ahead:First-half rewind: The Broncos' decisions during free agency haven't panned out.

Team Stats

Passing Yards250.4
Rushing Yards126.7
Points For22.82nd
Points Against23.7