Neck again keeps Dawkins out of Broncos practice

By: AP
By: AP

Broncos safety Brian Dawkins has missed practice again because of a neck injury that has left him questionable for Denver's pivotal regular-season finale against Kansas City.

Dawkins watched Thursday's practice from the sideline. He has been sorely missed since pinching a nerve in his neck in the Broncos' 16-13 overtime victory over Chicago three weeks ago.

The 16-year veteran has been sidelined for all but one quarter in the last two weeks, when the Broncos gave up 40 and 41 points in losses to Buffalo and New England. That's way up from the 17 points on average the Broncos (8-7) allowed during a six-game winning streak that thrust them into playoff contention.

Now Denver must beat the Chiefs (6-9) and former Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton on Sunday to clinch their first postseason berth since 2005.

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