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Big game for Royal

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Eddie Royal needs to be right for the Denver Broncos tonight or it could be a long night for Denver's offense, which has scored just 52 points combined in the past three games.

The Broncos will be playing without No. 3 receiver Brandon Stokley (who suffered a concussion) and tight end Tony Scheffler (who is missing his second straight game with a groin injury). Along with Brandon Marshall and Royal, Stokley and Scheffler are Denver quarterback Jay Cutler's favorite targets.

Royal missed last week's loss to Jacksonville with an ankle injury. If Royal can't make an impact, Cutler will have to rely on Marshall. Last week, when Stokley went down and with Royal and Scheffler out, the Broncos offense struggled even with the presence of Marshall.

The Broncos need both Marshall and Royal tonight.