ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos inside linebacker Brandon Marshall was ruled out of Sunday’s key game against the New England Patriots because of a hamstring injury, coach Gary Kubiak said Friday.
It will be the second consecutive game Marshall will miss. He has not practice since suffering the injury in the Dec. 4 win at Jacksonville.
Fellow inside linebacker Todd Davis is questionable for the game at 2:25 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Davis, who suffered a strained oblique muscle in Sunday’s loss at Tennessee, returned to practice after being limited to walk-through and rehabilitation the past two days.
Center Matt Paradis returned to practice after sitting out the past two days because of a hip injury. He’s expected to play Sunday.
Also Friday, the Broncos placed long snapper Casey Kreiter on injured reserve because of a calf injury. Outside linebacker Vontarrius Dora was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster from the practice
The Broncos are 8-5 heading into the game against the 11-2 Patriots. They are in third place in the AFC West but would make the playoffs if they win out.
But it will be a tall task because their final three games are against teams with a combined 31-8. After the Patriots game, the Broncos play at Kansas City (11-2) on Christmas night before finishing the season at home on New Year’s Day against the Oakland Raiders (11-2).