UPDATE: Julius Thomas has been officially ruled inactive against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Adam Schefter.
Peyton Manning will be without one of his top targets when his Denver Broncos face off in a rematch with the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday afternoon. Tight end Julius Thomas has been listed as doubtful for the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, according to Vic Lombardi.
Thomas was limited in practice this week with a knee injury. The team was holding out hope he would be able to go in the critical division showdown, but seems to have decided Sunday morning that won't be possible.
The Broncos knocked off the then-undefeated Chiefs two weeks ago and currently hold the tie-breaker between the two 9-2 teams.
Thomas had three receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown against Kansas City his last time out but missed last week's loss to the New England Patriots. He is tied with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for the team lead in touchdown catches with 10.
Running back Ronnie Hillman has been listed as active for Sunday.