Green will likely handle increased snaps Sunday against the Bengals with fellow tight ends A.J. Derby (shoulder) and Jeff Heuerman (knee) ruled out for the contest, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.
Green has been atop the Broncos' depth chart at tight end all season, but head coach Vance Joseph has frequently made liberal use of both Derby and Heuerman, with the duo combining to play 46 offensive snaps in the Week 10 loss to the Patriots. Their absences leave Green as the only healthy tight end on the roster heading into Sunday's matchup, and while it's possible Austin Traylor will be promoted from the practice squad to provide additional depth at the position, Green should nonetheless be in store for a heftier-than-normal workload. That probably won't result in a dramatic spike in Green's targets, however, as the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder is mostly valued for his blocking prowess.
Green was listed as questionable heading into the contest, but the veteran tight end will give it a go. He has not been very involved in the team's passing game in recent weeks, as he has hauled in just two receptions over the last three games.
Green (shoulder) is listed as questionable ahead of Monday's game against the Chiefs, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
The team sure hopes to have Green ahead of Monday's pivotal divisional showdown. Denver hasn't relied heavily on Green in recent weeks, but Kansas City's defense has shown some vulnerabilities in the passing game. If Green can't play, A.J. Derby and Jeff Heuerman could see a boost in responsibilities.
Green was limited at Friday's practice due to a shoulder injury.
Green presumably sustained the injury in the Broncos' Week 7 loss to the Chargers, when he hauled in one reception for seven yards. A.J. Derby would presumably fill in at tight end should the veteran ultimately be unable to go Monday night against the Chiefs.
Green nabbed all three of his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 26-16 loss in Buffalo.
Green, an athletic target for Colin Kaepernick back in college, has never been much more than a blocker in the pros, failing to establish himself as a receiver even in Gary Kubiak's tight-end-friendly attack. Now that Mike McCoy, his first coordinator coming into the league, is back in the fold, Green is seeing a slight uptick in usage. It likely isn't enough given the Broncos' committee approach at tight end and talent outside at receiver, but Green looks like the best bet of Denver's tight ends at the moment.
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