PARADIS TO HAVE HIP SURGERY IN THE OFF­SEA­SON; DRAFT STA­TUS NO. 19 FOR NOW

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The pain and dis­com­fort in Bron­cos cen­ter Matt Paradis’ hips were sig­nif­i­cant enough for the team to limit him to one prac­tice a week for most of the sea­son, but he never missed a snap of game ac­tion.

Coach Gary Ku­biak an­nounced Mon­day that Paradis will have off­sea­son surgery to re­pair his in­juries.

“Matt’s been good. He’s played through it,” Ku­biak said. “I know it’s im­por­tant to Matt. He’s al­ways ready to bat­tle.”

Paradis, a Pro Bowl al­ter­nate, has been the Bron­cos’ most con­sis­tent of­fen­sive line­man this sea­son. He hasn’t missed a game snap since he first made the ac­tive ros­ter to start the 2015 sea­son.

Game plan.

Ku­biak didn’t rule out rest­ing in­jured Bron­cos or plac­ing them on in­jured re­serve to open up a spot for out­side tal­ent to be added to the 53-man ros­ter. He wants to push ev­ery­body to go and hinted that Paradis would not be rested for the Bron­cos’ sea­son fi­nale against Oakland in Den­ver.

De­fen­sive end Derek Wolfe left the Kan­sas City game Sun­day with a neck in­jury dif­fer­ent than the one that forced him to miss prac­tice last week. He has dealt with el­bow and an­kle in­juries, ill­nesses and two neck in­juries.

Other in­jured Bron­cos in­clude cor­ner­back Kayvon Web­ster, who is in the con­cus­sion pro­to­col. Safety T.J. Ward and tight ends Vir­gil Green and A.J. Derby missed Sun­day’s game be­cause of con­cus­sions. In­side line­backer Bran­don Mar­shall has missed the last three games be­cause of a strained ham­string. Out­side line­backer Shaquil Barrett limped out of the locker room after the game against the Chiefs.

Feel­ing a draft.

The Bron­cos will have a top-20 draft pick for the first time since 2011, when they se­lected out­side line­backer Von Miller with the No. 2 pick in the draft.

The Bron­cos (8-7) are cur­rently in the No. 19 slot in the first round of the 2017 draft.

Depend­ing on the re­sults of Week 17 games, the Bron­cos could fall to the No. 20 slot in the draft’s first round or rise to as high as No. 16.

Chief con­cern.

The ab­sences of Ward and Mar­shall were ap­par­ent Sun­day against the Chiefs at Ar­row­head Sta­dium. The Bron­cos al­lowed a sea­son-high 238 yards rush­ing and two touch­downs on an av­er­age of 6.4 yards per carry.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce fin­ished with 11 catches for 160 yards and a touch­down.

Stop­ping the run and the tight end are pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for Ward and Mar­shall.

“I was asked last night about putting cor­ners on him,” Ku­biak said Mon­day of Kelce. “He beat us in zone. He beat us in man. He’s a really good player. … He gave us some prob­lems and made some big plays.”

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