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DE Jeremy Mincey played 28 snaps in his Broncos debut. Mincey, who wassigned after being released by the Jaguars, finished with one tackle.

QB Peyton Manning's three-touchdown explosion in the fourth quarter pushed his season total to an NFL-record 51. The next record in his sights is the league's single-season yardage standard; after throwing for 400 yards in Houston, he is just 266 yards away from breaking Drew Brees' record, set in 2011.

C Steve Vallos left Sunday's game with a concussion after being hit by Houston's Jared Crick on a first-quarter kickoff return. He will go through the post-concussion protocol this week. Since J.D. Walton was waived last week, Vallos is the Broncos' only experienced backup option at center.

WR Wes Welker has not yet passed the league-mandated post-concussion protocol. According to multiple reports, he will be held out of Sunday's regular-season finale at Oakland. He suffered his second concussion in four games against the Titans on Dec. 8 and did not practice prior to the loss to the Chargers.

RB Knowshon Moreno went over the 1,000-yard mark in rushing yardage for the first time in his five-season career, and became the first player in Broncos history to amass at least 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the same season.

LB Nate Irving is expected to take Von Miller's spot in the starting lineup, and work on the strong side in the base package. Irving will likely be a situational player and will not have a hybrid linebacker/defensive end role, as Miller does when he's healthy.

CB Champ Bailey returned to the lineup Sunday and played 35 snaps. Bailey was moved to the slot cornerback position and played in nickel and dime packages, an arrangement that is expected to continue, as it offers a built-in "pitch count" for the 15-year veteran as he tries to overcome a foot injury that has lingered since Aug. 17.

DL Derek Wolfe missed a fourth consecutive game after suffering seizure-like symptoms on Nov. 29, two days before the Broncos' second win over the Chiefs this season. Wolfe has not practiced since then, but was working out at Broncos headquarters last week as he attempts to rebuild his strength.

CB Kayvon Webster missed Sunday's game after having surgery to repair a fractured thumb on Dec. 13. John Fox said the injury is "very similar" to the one suffered by Von Miller in 2011. That sidelined Miller for a game, and forced him to play the rest of the season in a cast. The Broncos hope to have him back at practice Wednesday.

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