RB Freeman inactive for Broncos game at Kansas City

Safety Darian Stewart, linebacker Shane Ray also among the inactives for the key AFC West showdown

If the Denver Broncos are going to close the gap on the Kansas City Chiefs today, it will have to be without some key players. Rookie running back Royce Freeman will not play due to an ankle sprain suffered in the Oct. 18 win at Arizona, putting more of a workload on fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay and quarterback Case Keenum.

Keenum's backup will be Kevin Hogan, who was signed a week before the start of the season. Hogan moved up after the Broncos released Chad Kelly after his arrest early Tuesday on suspicion of criminal trespass.

The defense is also missing some key pieces. Safety Darian Stewart will not play due a neck injury and linebacker Shane Ray will sit out a second straight game with wrist/ankle injuries.

The rest of Denver's inactives are tackle Jared Veldheer, linebacker Alexander Johnson, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton and guard/center Nico Falah, who was signed off the New York Jets practice squad.

Hamilton's status was expected after the Broncos promoted Isaiah Washington from the practice squad earlier in the week.