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Broncos' Aqib Talib misses practice all week, won't play against Raiders

Pressure on Doss, Roby to step up
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Posted at 12:07 PM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 14:17:01-04

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Cornerback Aqib Talib missed practice Friday with a back injury and will not play Sunday against Oakland, coach Gary Kubiak confirmed.

Talib's back injury first surfaced against Houston when he covered Will Fuller on a deep route. Talib exited for a few plays, then returned. However, his back stiffened last week, improved and then grew worse last Saturday, sidelining him for Chargers game. The Broncos began preparations for the Raiders believing Talib would play.

However, Talib remained sore and traveled to California on Thursday for a second opinion on his injury. Coach Gary Kubiak said the visit brought a sliver of optimism, and he failed him to rule him out. But Talib's pain didn't diminish enough to permit him to practice.

His absence puts the onus on Bradley Roby and Lorenzo Doss to step up. Roby won AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors last Sunday, but the Chargers' receiving corps pales to the Raiders' Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtreet. Doss, inactive for six games this season after a terrific training camp, played well in sub packages. Kayvon Webster expects to be back, but Doss will be needed.

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