Sep 14, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant (87) before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

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Broncos lose Hamler, Fant to injury

The Denver Broncos saw their tough run of injury luck continue Thursday night as they lost both tight end Noah Fant and wide receiver KJ Hamler to injuries during their 37-28 win over the New York Jets.

Both were ruled out prior to the game’s conclusion in East Rutherford, N.J.

Hamler left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury. He didn’t catch any passes.

Fant sustained an ankle injury with six minutes to play in the third quarter. He was carted off the field and then ruled out during the fourth quarter.

Fant, a first-round pick out of Iowa in 2019, had five receptions for 35 yards on the night. He entered the game with 14 catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns through three games this season. He had 40 catches for 562 yards and three scores as a rookie.

Hamler has six grabs for 78 yards and no touchdowns this year. The speedster was taken in the second round out of Penn State in the 2020 draft.

The Broncos improved to 1-3 while playing their third starting quarterback of the season, Brett Rypien. Week 1 starter Drew Lock sustained a shoulder sprain in Week 2 and has been out since. Jeff Driskel replaced him and started last week against Tampa Bay but was ineffective and benched late for Rypien.

Starting receiver Courtland Sutton was lost for the season to a knee injury in Week 1, and running back Phillip Lindsay was held out of Thursday’s game because of turf toe.

The Broncos’ injured reserve list is becoming a bit of a star-studded lineup in itself, with Sutton joined by linebacker Von Miller (ankle), defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (biceps) and cornerback A.J. Bouye (shoulder) on a list that had 11 players entering Thursday night. Casey is out for the season while Miller and Bouye may return this year.

–Field Level Media

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