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Friday, November 23, 2012
Branden Albert likely won't face Denver

By Bill Williamson

It appears two of the Kansas City Chiefs' three injured starting offensive linemen have a chance to play Sunday against visiting Denver.

Center Ryan Lilja (knee) and guard Jon Asamoah (thumb) are questionable to play in the game. They both missed last week’s game. Standout left tackle Branden Albert (back) is doubtful to play Sunday. With Albert likely out, Rookie Donald Stephenson is in line to play against Denver’s fierce pass-rush.

Meanwhile, Kansas City receivers Dwayne Bowe (neck/back) and Jon Baldwin (neck/head) and tight end Tony Moeaki (shoulder/back) are all probable to play Sunday.

For Denver the Broncos are expected to get back guard Chris Kuper (ankle) and cornerback Tracy Porter (illness). Both players are listed as probable. Kuper missed the past two games and Porter has missed the past five games. I expect Kuper to start, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Porter was a backup Sunday. His replacements, Chris Harris and Tony Carter, have been tremendous.