Woodyard was arguably the NFL's finest coverage linebacker in 2012. His play has fallen off this season after suffering a stinger injury in Week 5. The coaching staff has told him to brace for a decreased role, so he can regain pre-injury form for the postseason, Woodyard said Monday on KDSP-FM.
Ihenacho was an early-season breakout performer as a first-time starter, but he's struggled in coverage of late.
The Broncos' defense ranks a disconcerting 25th in yards per game and 26th in points per game. They have the luxury of resting key players with the offense carrying the load for the rest of the month, but they're going to need Woodyard, Ihenacho, Bailey and Wolfe back in the mix for a Super Bowl run.