Aqib Talib Has Been Ruled Out For Denver's Week 9 Bout In Oakland

The Broncos will again be without their No. 1 cornerback this week in the Black Hole.

Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib has been dealing with a pervasive lower back injury. It caused him to miss last week's game vs. the San Diego Chargers and now the team is reporting that Talib will also miss this week's road game vs. the Oakland Raiders

"What's going on right now [is that] he has good days and bad days," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said just after Friday's practice. "He's going to get an injection today — he may have already had it as we're speaking — and we're letting it calm down over the weekend. But he's doing good. So we feel good moving forward." A day after flying to California for a second opinion, Talib is again in the Golden State to receive an injection that the team hopes will help in his recovery from the injury. 

"We've just got to do the right thing," Kubiak said, "and with the injection that he's getting today, the smart thing is to give him a good weekend of rest and see where we're at when we come back."

The Broncos will roll once again with Bradley Roby as the starting cornerback opposite of Chris Harris, Jr. Last week, Roby earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his dominant game against San Diego. 

Another positive; Kayvon Webster, who missed most of Week 8 with a hamstring, is expected to play in Oakland. The Broncos will need all the help they can get to stifle Derek Carr and Oakland's No. 4 passing offense. 

This could mean more snaps for Lorenzo Doss, as well. Doss played 36 snaps in relief of Webster last Sunday, and was targeted six times, but relinquished only two receptions. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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