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Broncos' Drew Lock: May land on IR
Lock (thumb) may open the season on injured reserve, ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold reports.
Dealing with a severe thumb sprain on his throwing hand, Lock will miss the rest of the preseason and isn't expected to be ready for Week 1. He'll be ineligible for the entire season if the Broncos place him on IR before final roster cuts, while he can return for the second half of the campaign if he's kept on the initial 53-man roster. Either way, Kevin Hogan is in line to open the regular season as Joe Flacco's backup.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Kevin Hogan: Starting Saturday versus Rams
Hogan will start during Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Hogan's chances of earning a 53-man roster spot improve for the time being with Drew Lock (thumb) recovering from a thumb sprain. Lock will skip the beginning of the regular season, leaving Hogan and Brett Rypien to vie for the backup job to open 2019. Hogan's start Thursday is likely another indicator that he's in the lead for that role.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Jeff Heuerman: Missing practice again
Heuerman (shoulder) isn't practicing Thursday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Heuerman returned to practice last week but was held out of Monday's preseason win over the 49ers. He now appears questionable, at best, for Saturday's exhibition matchup with the Rams. Fellow tight end Noah Fant (ankle) also is absent, leaving Troy Fumagalli and Jake Butt with a nice chance to get some snaps with the starters.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Joe Flacco: Not in line to play Saturday
Flacco isn't likely to see any work in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Coach Vic Fangio indicated Thursday that most of the Broncos' starters won't play this weekend, while noting that Kevin Hogan will draw the start at QB on Saturday and that Brett Rypien will also play. Flacco's next game action thus figures to come in Week 1 of the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Tyler Jones: Joins Denver
Jones (undisclosed) signed a contract with the Broncos on Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Jones was waived/injured by the Jets and reverted to the team's injured reserve after clearing waivers earlier in August, but he apparently reached an injury settlement at some point to become a free agent. The 23-year-old figures to battle for a reserve role at offensive tackle in Denver.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Ron Leary: Managing sore knee
Leary was held out of Monday's preseason game against the 49ers due to knee soreness, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Leary received medical clearance from his Achilles injury back in June, but he's been limited recently by the knee soreness. The 30-year-old has been ending practices early to receive treatment so it doesn't appear to be a serious issue, but the Broncos are likely to remain cautious with the regular season only a couple weeks away.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Orson Charles: Latches on with Denver
The Broncos signed Charles on Wednesday, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
Charles was let go by Cleveland just 10 days ago but found a new home in the AFC on Wednesday. His signing will boost the depth at the tight end position, considering the team just placed Bug Howard (ankle) on IR. The 28-year-old hauled in just three passes on five targets for 23 yards last season.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Kevin Hogan: Chances of making roster increase
Hogan is in good position to open the season as Denver's backup quarterback while rookie Drew Lock (thumb) is on the mend, Michael Spencer of CBS 4 Denver reports.
Coach Vic Fangio has declined to provide a timeline for Lock's return, though it's widely anticipated that his absence will stretch into the regular season. Hogan has mostly garnered negative reviews this offseason and completed just five of 15 passes for 40 yards and an interception in Monday's exhibition against the 49ers, though he did break off a 24-yard touchdown scamper. Unless the Broncos grow pessimistic about Lock's timetable and expect him to miss a large chunk of the season, the team might not be motivated to invest significant resources into upgrading its depth behind starter Joe Flacco. That bodes well for Hogan, who will use the final two preseason games to create separation from undrafted rookie Brett Rypien for the No. 2 gig.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Shelby Harris: Wrecks 49ers' front
Harris recorded two tackles and two passes defended in limited action during Monday's 24-15 preseason loss to San Francisco.
Harris confounded the 49ers' starting offense, breaking up two of Jimmy Garoppolo's six pass attempts and sniffing out his lone completion for no gain. Harris performed well in a rotational role last season but is the man in the middle to start 2019. Don't be surprised if he comes away with a few sacks; Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman combining for 10.5 in the interior of Vic Fangio's defense last season, and -- as he showed against Pittsburgh -- an interception or two as a starter this season.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Bradley Chubb: Dominates Niners
Chubb picked up three tackles, a sack, two quarterback hits and a forced fumble in limited action during Monday's 24-15 preseason loss to the 49ers.
It seemed as though either Chubb or nose tackle Shelby Harris was in Jimmy Garoppolo's face on every snap, and the two rushers were a big reason why the 49ers' starting offense was held to no passing yards. Chubb was also key in Denver being able to take an early lead, his pressure on Garoppolo forcing an interception and a short field for Denver's offense. He didn't ease up once the 49ers started rotating in backups, promptly stripping C.J. Bethard to bring up a fourth down. Head coach Vic Fangio has challenged Chubb to improve on his 12-sack rookie campaign. In his most extensive work of the preseason, Chubb seems to be answering the call.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Isaac Yiadom: Picks off Jimmy G
Yiadom came up with an interception and passed defensed during Monday's 24-15 preseason loss to the 49ers.
Things fell apart in the second half with the backups on the field, but the Broncos' first-team defense more than held its own against the 49ers' starters, and Yiadom was a big reason why. On the game's opening drive, Jimmy Garoppolo was forced to throw early with Bradley Chubb breathing down his neck, and Yiadom was able to out-wrestle Marquise Goodwin for the ball, setting up a Denver field-goal drive. Veteran teammate Chris Harris Jr. has remarked that Yiadom is more confident now than he was as a rookie. Yiadom figures to play the vast majority of the Broncos' defensive snaps opposite Harris and free-agent pickup Bryce Callahan. Given the recent success of the two veterans, Yiadom should be tested early this season.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Brett Rypien: Enters backup competition
Coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that Rypien is competing for the backup quarterback job, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
Rypien's opportunity comes with rookie second-round pick Drew Lock (thumb) expected to miss the start of the regular season. Lock is guaranteed a spot on the 53-man roster and appears destined for the backup gig at some point, but Rypien could earn the No. 2 role to begin the regular season if he's able to beat out Kevin Hogan.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Bryce Callahan: Won't practice this week
Callahan (foot) is not expected to participate in practice this week, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Callahan is managing an injury in the same foot he fractured Dec. 12. The starting cornerback would reportedly be able to suit up if need be, but it's likely that the Broncos exercise caution and hold Callahan out of preseason action until fully healthy.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Todd Davis: Could miss Week 1
Coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that "it's a possibility" Davis (calf) could sit out Denver's regular-season opener, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Davis is behind schedule in his recovery from a calf strain and is not expected to practice this week, according to Jhabvala. The starting linebacker initially suffered the injury in July during the first day of training camp practice. Alexander Johnson stands to slot into the starting lineup as long as Davis remains sidelined, with fellow backup Joseph Jones (triceps) also injured.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Bug Howard: Ankle injury lingers
Howard was placed on injured reserve Wednesday due to an ankle injury, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Howard has been managing an ankle injury since July 26 and will likely spend the remainder of the season on IR due to its severity. The 24-year-old briefly returned to practice in training camp but did not manage to shed the ankle problem. He'll now turn his attention toward getting fully healthy.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Noah Fant: Expected back by Week 1
Fant (ankle) is expected to suit up for Denver's regular-season opener against the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
The Broncos are viewing Fant as day-to-day after he sustained a minor right ankle sprain during Monday's exhibition contest against the 49ers. While it's positive news that the rookie tight end will likely be ready to go for Week 1, his capped reps late in the preseason could result in him handling a more limited role than initially projected early in the regular season as he works his way back to full strength.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Bug Howard: Placed on IR
Howard was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
It remains to be seen what sort of injury Howard is managing, but he dealt with an ankle issue earlier in training camp. The 24-year-old tight end will remain on IR for the entire season barring an injury settlement.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Horace Richardson: Hits IR
Richardson (back) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Richardson was competing for a depth role in Denver. The 25-year-old will now spend the rest of the season on IR barring an injury settlement.... See More ... See Less
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