The Denver Broncos added five more players to the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday as they deal with an outbreak ahead of their Week 17 game at the Los Angeles Chargers.
Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, defensive lineman McTelvin Agim and linebackers Bradley Chubb, Jonathon Cooper and Baron Browning were placed on the list.
Jeudy, Chubb and Browning are starters. Denver coach Vic Fangio told reporters that those three, plus Agim, tested positive.
Other Broncos on the list that numbers 16 include wide receiver Tim Patrick, running back Mike Boone and cornerbacks Bryce Callahan and Mike Ford. But the Broncos aren’t concerned they will be too short-handed to play.
“I’m zeroed in on a Sunday kickoff,” Fangio told reporters. “Until I’m told otherwise, I’m ready for a 1:05 (p.m.) kickoff West Coast time.
The Broncos called up four players from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements, including Travis Fulgham, who led the Philadelphia Eagles in receiving last season.
Jeudy has hauled in 36 catches for 437 yards this season, his second in the NFL, over nine games (five starts). Chubb has started all six of his appearances in 2021; both players, former first-round draft picks, have missed time due to injuries.
Also, starting receiver Courtland Sutton’s testing results haven’t been confirmed and he could be added to the list. The team held Sutton out of Friday’s walkthrough practice.
Defensive line coach Bill Kollar is also on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the only Denver coach in protocol as of Friday.
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Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb departed Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with an ankle injury.
Chubb was questionable for the contest after missing the season opener against the New York Giants.
He aggravated the same ankle in the second quarter and exited the game. He had one tackle.
Broncos linebacker Josey Jewell (shoulder) also missed the second half after being injured. Jewell made three tackles, two for losses.
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Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb underwent ankle surgery earlier this week and is expected to be ready for training camp, 9News of Denver reported on Saturday.
The 24-year-old Pro Bowler missed the final two games of the season due to an injury to the same ankle. This week’s procedure was a cleanup surgery, according to the report.
Chubb had 42 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 14 games last season while earning his first career Pro Bowl selection.
Denver recently picked up Chubb’s fifth-year option, guaranteeing him $12.716 million in base salary for 2022.
Chubb was the fifth overall selection in the 2018 draft by the Broncos and he arrived in a big way with 12 sacks to break Von Miller’s franchise rookie record of 11.5 in 2011.
But his 2019 season was cut short after four games when he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.
Overall, Chubb has 123 tackles, 20.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 34 career games (all starts).
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While the offensive rookie of the year award is often more talked about, the defensive award is just as important. Right now, Broncos DE Bradley Chubb is the favorite. Chubb definitely has the talent, but maybe more importantly, he also has a favorable situation with teams focusing blocking on Von Miller. Check the odds below and let us know who you like a value bet this year:
Odds to win Defensive Rookie of the Year
Bradley Chubb 4/1
Roquan Smith 11/2
Tremaine Edmunds 19/2
Minkah Fitzpatrick 14/1
Derwin James 14/1
Denzel Ward 14/1
Leighton Vander Esch 15/1
Jaire Alexander 18/1
Marcus Davenport 18/1
Rashaan Evans 18/1
Harold Landry 18/1
Josh Jackson 20/1
Terrell Edmunds 28/1
Vita Vea 28/1
Carlton Davis 33/1
Donte Jackson 33/1
Darius Leonard 33/1
Da’Ron Payne 33/1
Jessie Bates 35/1
Taven Bryan 35/1
Uchenna Nwosu 35/1
MJ Stewart 35/1
Kemoko Turay 35/1
Mike Hughes 40/1
Maurice Hurst 40/1
Isaiah Oliver 40/1
Breeland Speaks 66/1
Tyquan Lewis 70/1
PJ Hall 85/1
Data provided by Bovada