Broncos RB Melvin Gordon (hip) doubtful at Chiefs; Javonte Williams likely to be RB1
Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III is nursing hip and shoulder injuries. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos RB Melvin Gordon (hip) doubtful at Chiefs; Javonte Williams likely to be RB1

On Thursday, Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio declared that star running back Melvin Gordon had a "50/50" chance to play in Sunday's prime-time game at the Kansas City Chiefs as the ball-carrier worked to recover from a hip injury. 

Fangio downgraded his starter ahead of the weekend. 

Per ESPN's Jeff Legwold, Fangio confirmed Friday that Gordon will be listed as doubtful for Sunday's affair: 

Barring a significant status change over the weekend, rookie and second-round draft selection Javonte Williams will serve as Denver's RB1 in Kansas City. According to ESPN stats, Williams is second on the Broncos this fall with 568 rushing yards and 117 carries, and he's second among Denver running backs with two touchdowns on the ground. 

The 21-year-old has also contributed 27 catches for 193 yards and an additional score. 

Denver has won three of four contests and notched an impressive 28-13 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday to improve to 6-5. The Chiefs, meanwhile, are 7-4 and hold a one-game advantage over the Broncos, Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders in the AFC West standings. 

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