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3-6, 3rd in AFC West

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vance Joseph, while noting the big hit from the Texans' Kareem Jackson in Denver's Week 9 loss to Houston, also said Monday rookie running back Phillip Lindsay continues to use his elusiveness and vision to avoid the biggest hits and still be an effective inside runner. Joseph said: "He's a shifty runner ... he's a durable guy, he's got great flexibility, he doesn't take direct contact, he runs behind his pads, he's a really, really good inside runner. It's been two months, it's not a fluke, it is what it is, he's a pretty good football player.'' Lindsay leads the Broncos in carries (110), yards rushing (591) as well as yards per carry among the team's RBs (5.4). Lindsay and the Chargers' Melvin Gordon are tied for the NFL lead in yards per carry among players with at least 100 rushing attempts this season.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Monday he believed running back Royce Freeman (ankle), safety Darian Stewart (neck/stingers), wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (knee) and cornerback Bradley Roby should all practice this week. "Practice is always important ... they should be back working Wednesday. Freeman, Stewart, Hamilton have each missed the last two games while Roby missed the Week 9 loss to the Houston Texans.

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Broncos' Joseph on Thomas: He's got to move on

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he was "disappointed" in Demaryius Thomas' comments about how the team handled his trade to the Texans, but added, "He's no longer a Bronco, and I can't spend any time worrying about that."

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said after practice center Matt Paradis had surgery Wednesday to repair a fractured fibula as well as ligament damage in his right lower leg. Joseph said Paradis is now facing a "long rehab.'' Paradis had played every snap since the start of the 2015 season until his injury just before halftime in last Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans. Connor McGovern has worked at center this week and is expected to play in Paradis' spot moving forward this season.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos had their last practice of the week Wednesday before the players adjourned for the team's bye. They did not have a formal injury report, but coach Vance Joseph said following practice he expected running back Royce Freeman and safety Darian Stewart to be on track to practice when the team returned and then play Nov. 18 against the Los Angeles Chargers. Joseph also said "hopefully (cornerback) Bradley Roby is ready to roll.'' Joseph added wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (knee) should be ready to play against the Chargers as well.

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Rookie Phillip Lindsay rare bright spot for mistake-prone Broncos

The Denver Broncos finished the first half of the season with a 3-6 record. Here's a look at how they have fared and what's ahead:First-half rewind: The Broncos' decisions during free agency haven't panned out.

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Thomas airs grievances after trade from Broncos

Demaryius Thomas said Monday he was misled by the Broncos about the possibility of a trade, was asked to surrender playing time in favor of the team's rookie wide receivers and that it was "heartbreaking" he was not a team captain.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

And on the Broncos' two missed field goals in the 19-17 loss to the Texans Sunday -- a 62-yard attempt by Brandon McManus just before halftime to go with a 51-yard attempt on the game's last play -- Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Monday he will take the blame for the first kick, but thought the team was in position to win the game on the final play, even after a run for minus-1 yard by Phillip Lindsay on the play before the kick.. “I wasn't going to expose our quarterback and our O-line to that pass rush one more time and now if they make a play, now we're all idiots,'' Joseph said. “ … We got the yards we need to win the football game … let's win the game. That was my thought process, and I'm very comfortable with that ... Halftime? Put that on me, I was chasing points and that's wrong.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vance Joseph also said Monday center Matt Paradis, as expected, will officially go to injured reserve with a fractured right fibula. Paradis also suffered ligament damage and will have surgery later this week or early next week. Connor McGovern is expected to now start at center.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

When asked today during a weekly appearance on the team's radio partner -- 760 AM -- about a possible coaching change Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway said: “At this point in time … we're going to stay the course. I think there are enough good things going on as far as us and the way we're playing … obviously you'd love to have the magic wand and wave it and throw the fairy dust on this thing and have some good things happen and get us over the hump.'' Broncos coach Vance Joseph later said, in his usual day-after-game media gathering that he met with Elway Monday. “We talked this morning about our football team, it's going to be a normal bye week,'' Joseph said. " … Our team is competitive, we've all seen that, we've just got to finish games better.'' And on his future Joseph said: “That's not my focus, my focus is our team, getting our team ready weekly … that's not my concern – my future -- it's about the players, the coaches and winning football games.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos fell to 3-6 after Brandon McManus pushed a 51-yard field goal attempt wide right on the final play of the 19-17 loss to the Houston Texans. The snap was high on the play. In the end, the Broncos' gamble on a 62-yard field goal in first half cost them as the field goal the Texans got in the turnaround turned out to be the difference as Broncos defense had held Texans to just a field goal in second half.

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Broncos' Paradis suffers fractured fibula in loss

Broncos center Matt Paradis is "going to be out for a while" after fracturing his right fibula in Sunday's loss to the Texans, according to coach Vance Joseph.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos trail 16-10 at halftime. They tried a 62-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining in the first half -- Brandon McManus missed the kick -- and the Texans were able to turn it into a field goal of their own three plays later. Broncos center Matt Paradis, who has never missed a snap as a starter -- since the start of the 2015 season -- left the game with an ankle injury.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Demaryius Thomas set to take the field in his new uniform. He got a big hand from those in the stands outside the tunnel.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said this past week he would consider platooning some at left tackle if things weren't going well in pass protection. So, if Garett Bolles struggles Sunday against the Texans, especially early in the game, the Broncos will consider moving Jared Veldheer from right to left tackle at that point and move Billy Turner into the right tackle spot. Overall it would be expected the Broncos will use plenty of two-tight end looks against the Texans' pass rush. J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney have combined for 12.5 sacks this season -- Watt has eight.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos inactives: G/C Nico Falah, RB Royce Freeman, WR DaeSean Hamilton, G/C Sam Jones, LB Brandon Marshall, CB Bradley Roby, S Darian Stewart.

Team Stats

Passing Yards250.417th
Rushing Yards126.79th
Points For22.819th
Points Against23.715th