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Key injuries Sunday: QB Drew Lock (shoulder), WR Courtland Sutton (knee, cramps)
The Denver Broncos’ new attack might never have a chance to work together consistently this season.
That offensive core was already limited by the fact that a revamped line and revamped receiving corps couldn’t train much together during an offseason minimized by the COVID-19 pandemic, then second-round rookie pick KJ Hamler and Sutton both missed the opening.
Then, running back Phillip Lindsay injured his toe in said first game. Then Sutton overcame a shoulder injury to start Week 2 before leaving due to knee / leg cramps, according to ESPN. Adam Schefter. Then Lock injured the AC joint on his throwing arm against the Pittsburgh Steelers – an injury Schefter reports will keep him out for two to six weeks.
Even if an MRI on Monday determines that the big-headed sophomore Missouri product will only be missing a few weeks, it could be difficult for the Broncos to come back. They were probably only in the wildcard at best this year, but they’re now 0-2 and face a five-week streak that includes clashes with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots. and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Substitute Jeff Driskel took six sacks and finished barely half of his passes in relief from Lock on Sunday, and it doesn’t look like his supporting cast will be at 100% anytime soon.
Keep in mind that the Broncos were already operating without starters Ja’Wuan James (COVID-19 deactivation), Von Miller (ankle) and AJ Bouye (shoulder). It’s quite intimidating.