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