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6-8, 3rd in AFC West

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, a former first-round pick in 2015, said Monday he was told Friday he would be a gameday inactive Saturday night against the Cleveland Browns. It was the first time in Ray's career he has been healthy enough to play and been a gameday inactive. On being told on Friday Ray said: "Little disrespectful, but that's all good, I don't think I've been (a healthy) inactive in my whole career. Whatever reason they felt I need to be inactive, that's on them.'' And on the last two seasons -- he missed missed eight games last season after multiple wrist surgeries -- Ray said: "Been a frustrating two years ... I come in, I go to work, I don't control what they do. That's all up on them. I just do what I do.'' And asked if he expected to play in one, or both, of the Broncos' last two games of the season, Ray said: "Y'all got to ask Vance Joseph that.''

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Broncos coach on 4th-and-1 call: Take the points

Broncos coach Vance Joseph defended his decision to send out kicker Brandon McManus for a field goal try with Denver facing fourth-and-1 at the Browns' 6-yard line, saying, "I wanted points there."

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Cleveland Browns beat injury-plagued Broncos 17-16

Baker Mayfield capitalized on Denver's depleted cornerback corps and dubious decisions in leading the Cleveland Browns past the Broncos 17-16 on Saturday night, keeping alive their slim hopes of ending the NFL's longest playoff drought.

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Miller becomes Broncos' all-time sack leader

Broncos linebacker Von Miller recorded a sack of Baker Mayfield during Saturday's game against Cleveland to become the team's all-time sack leader at 98.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos' inactives Saturday night included safety Su'a Cravens, who they acquired in a trade with the Redskins last spring, Shane Ray, whose contract year continues to go awry and DeMarcus Walker, a former second-round pick who continues to be unable to crack the defensive line rotation. Cravens had two penalties in the loss to the 49ers last Sunday and Ray has one sack this season in 254 snaps -- 23.1 per game. Walker has been active for just three games this season.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos inactives: LB Shaquil Barrett, S Su'a Cravens, G Nico Faleh, CB Chris Harris Jr., LB Shane Ray, DE DeMarcus Walker, CB Isaac Yiadom.

Woodson, Bruschi disagree on Browns vs Broncos (1:10)

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After Thursday's practice Broncos coach Vance Joseph said in addition to cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (lower leg), linebacker Shaquil Barrett (hip) and cornerback Isaac Yiadom (shoulder) have been ruled out for Saturday night's game against the Cleveland Browns. So, Bradley Roby and Tramaine Brock will be the starting cornerbacks in the base defense and Jamar Taylor will likely play as the No. 3 cornerback. However, safety Justin Simmons will be also asked to play in a nickel cornerback role at times.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Broncos linebacker Von Miller called his three penalties for neutral zone infractions "flat out ridiculous'' and said "I put my team in a horrible situation.'' On Wednesday, Miller said he needed to keep being aggressive, however, and that chances are he's going to get more right than wrong when anticipating the snap. "Yeah, I was upset about it, but at the end of the day if I've got 97 sacks, probably 80 of them came off of getting a great jump, so it's like yeah, I jumped offsides, but quarterbacks throw interceptions, too, it's not like you tell them to quit throwing the ball downfield ... It's just part of the game ... I'm a gambling man, sometimes I like to gamble big and sometimes I don't ... I'm not going to change it up.'' Miller said he anticipates the Browns trying to draw him into an offside penalty or two Saturday night, but "we're playing at home, so I don't know how effective that will be.'' Overall, Miller has been flagged for seven penalties this season, six of those have either been offside or neutral zone infractions, including the three against the 49ers.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After Wednesday's practice Broncos coach Vance Joseph said defensive end Derek Wolfe (concussion) was still in the league protocol -- "but he's progressing very successfully'' as Wolfe did some on-field work with the team's strength and conditioning staff. And wide receiver Courtland Sutton (thigh) was limited in practice, but Joseph said "he looked pretty good today.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

For Broncos Wednesday linebacker Shaquil Barrett (hip) did some work off to the side with the Broncos' strength and conditioning staff, cornerback Isaac Yiadom (shoulder) was watching practice and defensive end Derek Wolfe (concussion) worked some with the strength and conditioning staff as well.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After Tuesday's practice Broncos coach Vance Joseph said defensive end Derek Wolfe is the concussion protocol and did not practice. Wolfe was on the practice field during the workout, but did not participate. Also, wide receiver Courtland Sutton did not practice because of a thigh injury he suffered in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to the 49ers. Because the Broncos play Saturday night they had a walk-through practice Tuesday -- Joseph said the team will use an on-field schedule early in the week it would use for a Thursday night game.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Vance Joseph also said Monday cornerback Chris Harris Jr. "went for a scan'' on his injured leg Monday morning and was making progress -- Harris suffered a fractured fibula against the Bengals. "It's a broken leg, it's a healing process, it's more about that than his rehab, it just takes time. He a scan (Monday) morning and it's healing, but there is still a small break in his leg, the soreness is going away, but it just takes time.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Another day, another injury at cornerback for the Broncos. Vance Joseph said Monday rookie cornerback Isaac Yiadom suffered a right shoulder separation in the loss to the 49ers. Yiadom played 57 of the defense's 72 snaps in the game and did return to the game briefly after he suffered the injury as he tried to play with a harness on the injured shoulder. Joseph said Yiadom is day-to-day, but conceded it would "be tough'' for Yiadom to be ready to play by Saturday night against the Browns. Joseph said he believed Tramaine Brock, who has missed the last two games with a rib injury, would be able to play Saturday against Cleveland.

Team Stats

Passing Yards229.1
Rushing Yards123.2
Points For21.93rd
Points Against21.4