(Sporting Alert) — Chris Kuper has failed to recover from injury and will miss the Denver Broncos’ NFL Thursday night game against the struggling Oakland Raiders.
Kuper had been listed as probable for the game during the week, but was then downgraded to questionable for later on in the week with a sprained ankle.
The Broncos confirmed that he will miss the game by listing him as inactive.
Still, Payton Manning and Denver seek their eighth successive victory when they face-off with Oakland at O.co Coliseum Thursday night.
The Broncos were easy 37-6 winners over the Raiders when they last met in Week 4 and are heavy favorites to hand Oakland its sixth consecutive defeat tonight.
Manning is once again proving to be the kind of leader Denver had hoped for when they signed him – completing 68-percent of his passes and throwing for 29 touchdowns – 18 of which came after these two last met.
Carson Palmer, who’s watched his Oakland team fell to the Cleveland Browns, 20-17, for its fifth defeat in a row – hasn’t done so bad for himself – with 3532 passing yards for 20 touchdowns on 60 percent completion.
Meanwhile, The Broncos will already be without their top tackler, in the linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who misses the game with a sprained left ankle.
Richard Seymour is out for the Raiders as he’s still being bothered by a hamstring injury.
However, running back Darren McFadden is active for the game.
DENVER BRONCOS AT OAKLAND RAIDERS, 8:20 PM (ET) Live on NFL TV
Denver – QB Caleb Hanie, RB Jacob Hester, G Chris Kuper, LB Wesley Woodyard, CB Tracy Porter, DT Sealver Siliga, TE Julius Thomas.
Oakland – WR Derek Hagan, RB Jeremy Stewart, G Lucas Nix, FB/RB Jamize Olawale, T Willie Smith, DE Jack Crawford, DT Richard Seymour