Broncos to close preseason against Cowboys with final roster cuts looming

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DENVER -- The Broncos have their final preseason game Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. And although the starters won't be playing, the stakes are high for players on the bubble.

The Broncos will need to cut 22 players by Saturday's deadline. Whey they open the regular season against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 7, the roster will be down to 53 players and there's a chance some players that have played for the team over the years won't be back.

One player fighting for a roster spot is defensive tackle Mich Unrein. The fourth-year player from Eaton played in all 16 games last season. He grew up a Broncos fan and played at the University of Wyoming.

The other familiar face on the bubble is Kevin Vickerson. The 31-year-old is recovering from hip surgery and the Broncos are concerned about his health. Combine that with a very deep defensive line that includes Terrance Knighton and Sylvester Williams, Vickerson might have something to prove in the game against the Cowboys.

"Just do what I have to do. Do what I need to do. Do what I know how to do. And that's play football. Fast and physical, man.  Everything else will take care of itself," Vickerson said.

As for the offense, Colorado State's Kapri Bibbs is still in the mix at the running back position. The Broncos likely will keep four running backs, with Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson leading the way. Bibbs and Duke's Juwan Thompson are fighting for the No. 4 spot.

The Broncos and Cowboys meet at 6 p.m.

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