Broncos rule out Ward, Green, Derby for KC showdown (The Associated Press)

The Broncos’ narrow path to the playoffs grew even more precarious Friday when their leading tackler and top two tight ends were ruled out for this weekend’s game against the Chiefs . The Broncos (8-6) could see their playoff hopes evaporate with a loss to the Chiefs (10-4) on Christmas night. Winning at Arrowhead Stadium will be harder for the defending champs without safety T.J. Ward, who leads Denver with 87 tackles, and tight ends A.J. Derby and Virgil Green, all of whom sustained concussions against the Patriots last week.