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Denver Broncos’ Melvin Gordon doubtful for clash vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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Nov 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (25) carries the ball in the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (25) carries the ball in the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos leading rusher Melvin Gordon is doubtful for Sunday night’s AFC West game with the host Kansas City Chiefs due to hip and shoulder injuries.

Gordon didn’t practice all week. Broncos coach Vic Fangio didn’t want to rule him out but also wasn’t optimistic that Gordon would be available for Saturday’s walk-through.

“We’ll see, it’s doubtful,” said Fangio, “but that’s why we didn’t list him as out. If he makes a turn he could play.”

Rookie Javonte Williams will serve as the main ball carrier if Gordon misses the game.

Gordon leads the Broncos with 605 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He also has 22 catches for 166 yards and two scores.

Williams has been solid with 568 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The second-round pick out of North Carolina also has 27 receptions for 193 yards and one score.

Seven Broncos are listed as questionable for the game: offensive tackles Garett Bolles (ankle) and Bobby Massie (ankle), outside linebacker Jonathon Cooper (neck), cornerback Nate Hairston (hip), defensive end Shelby Harris (ankle), guard/center Quinn Meinerz (knee) and guard Dalton Risner (back).

Kansas City ruled out cornerback Rashad Fenton (knee) and offensive lineman Lucas Niang (ribs). Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness) is questionable.

The Chiefs lead the bunched-up division with a 7-4 record. The Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders are all 6-5.

–Field Level Media