Broncos Update Insider -Wednesday, Dec. 28

Despite some injury scares in their game against Oakland, the Denver Broncos didn't lose anyone for the playoffs. Al Wilson (in photo), Mike Anderson and Ashley Lelie were among those who had to leave the game. Read how the team will prepare for the final regular season game against the Chargers in today's edition of "Broncos Update Insider."

Despite some injury scares in their game against Oakland, the Denver Broncos didn't lose anyone for the playoffs.

Linebacker Al Wilson broke his right thumb against the Raiders. He wore a temporary cast after the game and likely will not play in the regular-season finale against San Diego, but he said there was no doubt he would be ready for the playoffs.

However, Wilson didn't know how the injury might affect how he plays.

"We'll have to see how it goes, but right now if I had to play, I could," Wilson said.

Running back Mike Anderson also got a scare when he was dragged down out of bounds by Raiders safety Jarrod Cooper at the end of a play in the third quarter. Anderson twisted his left ankle and didn't return to the game. Anderson said he could have come back in if the score had been close, but he was walking with a limp in the locker room.

Anderson said he wasn't happy to be dragged down so late in a play.

"I don't like that at all," Anderson said.

Ashley Lelie also left the game in the fourth quarter after suffering a gash on his arm. Lelie got 14 stitches and said he would be fine.

NOTES, QUOTES

--Broncos backup quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt got some snaps against the Raiders. He finished off the final minutes of the game, the only time he has played this season other than one snap on a trick play against Kansas City. Van Pelt could get some playing time in Denver's meaningless regular-season finale.

"I think I'll play, but how much I don't know," Van Pelt said. "I'm not expecting anything."

--Broncos special teams captain Keith Burns is known for being one of the most easy-going players on the team, but he dressed down his teammates after practice last week because he was upset the special teams were slumping in recent weeks.

"It was a little nudge they needed," Burns said. "For us to go out and practice the way we practiced, I didn't agree with it, and it's for me to step in and say something."

--Burns might get a chance to start at middle linebacker in the regular-season finale. If Al Wilson misses the game with a broken thumb, as expected, Burns or Patrick Chukwurah would start.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES

--RB Tatum Bell could make a run at 1,000 yards. He probably will get a lot of carries against San Diego because Mike Anderson has a sprained ankle. Bell needs 131 yards to reach 1,000 this season.

--WR Charlie Adams could get some extra playing time. Starter Ashley Lelie got 14 stitches for a cut on his arm and could be limited in Denver's regular-season finale.

--OT George Foster had some trouble against Oakland pass rusher Derrick Burgess. Foster, a former first-round pick, has had an up-and-down season, his second as a starter.

--S Nick Ferguson has had a solid year. The Broncos didn't expect to have any drop-off when Kenoy Kennedy signed with Detroit, and Ferguson has played well. He had a big interception in the end zone against Oakland.



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