Broncos injury report for Super Bowl XLVIII: Knowshon Moreno likely to play though rib injury

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The Broncos will be without a few players due to long-term injuries, but should have most of their active roster healthy enough to play.

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The Denver Broncos reached the Super Bowl despite a number of significant injuries along the way. Now, with less than a week until the game, the Broncos are still dealing with injury questions. The biggest concern is running back Knowshon Moreno, who is dealing with a rib injury.

The Broncos have a stable of talented running backs, but Moreno proved to be the most effective during a breakout season. He suffered a rib injury against New England and was forced out of the lineup late in the game. John Fox initially called him day-to-day and Moreno was limited in practice last week. He said the injury is feeling better and he plans to play in the Super Bowl, according to USA Today. Rib injuries, especially with running backs, will sometimes come down to pain tolerance. Houston's Ben Tate played through broken ribs for several weeks this season before eventually landing on injured reserve.

If Moreno's injury isn't fully healed, he will likely ease through practice this week, taking part on a limited basis. He was listed as questionable on Denver's final injury report last week. The Broncos will issue their first injury report of this week on Wednesday.

In addition to Moreno, kicker Matt Prater and defensive tackle Mitch Unrein were also listed as questionable while Sione Fua was listed as doubtful. Prater is dealing with an illness, but did practice on Monday. If he continues to recover, his status shouldn't be a question.

Peyton Manning, Terrance Knighton and Tony Carter were among the players listed as probable last week.

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