Broncos Update Insider - Wednesday, Jan. 4

The Denver Broncos have been pretty fortunate to stay healthy most of the season, and they will go into the playoffs with surprisingly few injury concerns. Read about the condition of the team in today's edition of "Broncos Update Insider."

Even without a bye week, the Denver Broncos don't have many injury problems.

Denver came out of the regular season fairly healthy. Running back Mike Anderson has a sprained ankle, but Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he probably could have played the regular-season finale. Linebacker Al Wilson has a broken thumb but won't miss any time.

Cornerback Darrent Williams is perhaps the only player whose status for the playoff opener is up in the air, but Shanahan said he could be back. Williams has a groin injury but should be able to do more during practice this week.

"He's feeling good enough to get some football-related drills," Shanahan said.

Tight end Jeb Putzier was the only player banged up during Denver's regular-season finale at San Diego. Putzier was hit hard by Chargers linebacker Steve Foley and hurt his shoulder, but Shanahan said it wasn't serious, and Putzier should be ready for the playoffs.

The Broncos have been pretty fortunate to stay healthy most of the season, and they will go into the playoffs with surprisingly few injury concerns.

"You always want to be healthy," Shanahan said. "There's a lot of times when you're playing the last regular-season game that you have a couple guys beat up, just like you do during the regular season, and you have to play the next week. So it's always nice to have the bye week."

NOTES, QUOTES

--The Houston Texans will interview Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak for their head coaching vacancy. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was contacted by Texans owner Bob McNair on Monday. The Texans fired Dom Capers after a 2-14 season.

Kubiak could be a candidate for a few head coaching jobs after Denver's 13-3 season.

"If they're smart, he'll get one of those jobs," Shanahan said. "I'm hoping one of those organizations aren't that smart to hire him. No, he's a great man, a great coach."

--Shanahan, who was fired by the Raiders four games into the 1989 season, was sympathetic to all of the NFL head coaches who lost their jobs once the regular season ended. Green Bay, New Orleans, Minnesota, Houston and St. Louis all let their head coaches go in the 24 hours after the season ended.

"I've been through that situation before," Shanahan said. "Not only does it affect the head coach but all the assistant coaches and their families and kids. It's not easy to get up and relocate."



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