Broncos rookie CB Webster has broken thumb

Another week, another injury for Denver’s dwindling

secondary.

This time, its rookie cornerback Kayvon Webster, who fractured

his right thumb in the Broncos’ 27-20 loss to San Diego on Thursday

night.

Webster was scheduled for surgery Friday.

He might miss a game and will have to play with a cumbersome

cast for several weeks afterward, much like Denver linebacker Von

Miller did two years ago.

The Broncos are hopeful that cornerback Champ Bailey, who has

missed 11 of 14 games with a nagging left foot injury, will return

for their next game against Houston on Dec. 22.

Denver (11-3) leads New England (10-3) in the race for

home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs. The Patriots can overtake

them with a win at Miami on Sunday.

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