Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Los Angeles Rams linebacker Micah Kiser (59) against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Round at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos to sign LB Micah Kiser

The Denver Broncos are signing inside linebacker Micah Kiser off of the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad, according to multiple reports.

With Josey Jewell headed to injured reserve, the Broncos are looking for some depth at the linebacker spot.

Kiser played 17 special teams snaps in the Rams’ win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He started nine games for the Rams in 2020, making 77 tackles and forcing one fumble.

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Oct 18, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) reacts after a play during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos standout OLB Bradley Chubb to undergo ankle surgery

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Wednesday.

Chubb will have a bone spur removed from the ankle. He reinjured it during the second quarter of Sunday’s 23-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“I did everything I could to manage it and to try to come back and play,” Chubb told the team website on Tuesday. “I took the New York week (before the opener) trying to calm it down just a little bit, and then this Jacksonville week I tried to do everything to get back on the field, and unfortunately, all those things weren’t working in my favor.

“The thing (to do) is now just to go in, clean it up and be right back.”

A timetable per Chubb’s return will be determined after the surgery.

Chubb was an instant hit when he recorded a franchise rookie-record 12 sacks in 2018. The No. 5 overall pick out of North Carolina State has 20.5 in 35 career games but has repeatedly dealt with injuries.

He tore his left ACL in Denver’s fourth game of the 2019 season and also missed two games last season due to an injured right ankle. In May, Chubb underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his right ankle.

“Just going through the ACL a couple years ago and then the offseason surgery on my other ankle, it gets frustrating because I feel like I’m doing everything I can,” Chubb said. “… I’m so excited to get back on this journey just to feel like myself again in these next couple weeks and just real excited to just help this team get to that playoff push.”

Chubb was a Pro Bowl selection last season when he had 7.5 sacks in 14 games.

The Broncos also lost another key defender in the win over the Jaguars as linebacker Josey Jewell sustained a season-ending pectoral injury. The team placed Jewell on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Jewell had made 18 consecutive starts and 30 overall in 49 career games with Denver. The fourth-year pro has 217 career tackles, including 10 for losses. Jewell had four stops against Jacksonville.

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Jul 28, 2021; Englewood, CO, United States; Denver Broncos inside linebacker Josey Jewell (47) during training camp at UCHealth Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Broncos LB Josey Jewell (pec) out for season

Denver Broncos starting linebacker Josey Jewell is out for the season after an MRI showed a torn pectoral muscle, NFL Network reported Monday.

Jewell left Sunday’s 23-13 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars and did not return. Broncos coach Vic Fangio said afterward that Jewell was injured on a special teams play.

Jewell had four tackles — two for loss — in his 21 snaps on defense against the Jags. He played four snaps on special teams. Jewell had started 18 straight games for the Broncos, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2018 draft.

Jewell has 217 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 49 games (30 starts) overall for Denver.

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Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass while being hit by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end jihad Ward (6) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos pick off Trevor Lawrence twice, drop Jaguars 23-13

Teddy Bridgewater passed for 328 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Denver Broncos to a 23-13 victory over the host Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Noah Fant and Tim Patrick caught touchdown passes and Courtland Sutton had nine receptions for 159 yards for Denver. Bridgewater completed 26 of 34 passes as the Broncos achieved their first 2-0 start since 2018.

Trevor Lawrence completed 14 of 33 passes for 118 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for Jacksonville (0-2), which dropped its 17th straight game. Jamal Agnew returned a kickoff 102 yards for a score and Marvin Jones II caught six passes for 55 yards and one touchdown.

Kareem Jackson and Patrick Surtain II had interceptions for Denver, which held the Jaguars to 189 yards in Urban Meyer’s second game as an NFL head coach. The Broncos totaled 398 yards and controlled the ball for 38 minutes and 52 seconds.

The Broncos lost linebackers Bradley Chubb (ankle) and Josey Jewell (shoulder) to first-half injuries.

Denver led 10-7 at halftime and opened up breathing room with 10 third-quarter points.

The Broncos drove 75 yards on four plays to open the quarter, and Bridgewater capped it with a 14-yard scoring pass to Fant with 12:35 left.

Jackson intercepted Lawrence eight-plus minutes later and Denver cashed in with Brandon McManus’ 46-yard field goal to make it 20-7 with 1:04 left in the third.

Lawrence was intercepted again with 10:31 remaining in the game when his intended deep throw for Tyron Johnson was intercepted by Surtain at the Broncos’ 6-yard line. Denver navigated 72 yards on nine plays and McManus booted a 40-yard field goal to make it a 16-point margin with 5:42 left.

Agnew returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown but Lawrence’s two-point conversion pass was incomplete. Jacksonville failed to convert the onside kick and didn’t possess the ball again.

The Jaguars drove 83 yards on 11 plays in their game-opening drive that concluded with Lawrence firing a 25-yard dart to Jones.

Denver got on the board on a 32-yard field goal from McManus with 26 seconds left in the opening quarter.

The Broncos moved ahead when they traveled 80 yards on eight plays as Bridgewater tossed a 12-yard scoring pass to Patrick with 1:54 left in the half.

Jacksonville’s Josh Lambo missed two first-half field goals. He was wide right from 52 yards with 8:39 remaining and wide left from 48 yards with 19 seconds left.

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Jul 28, 2021; Englewood, CO, United States; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) stretches during training camp at UCHealth Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos hope to have OLB Bradley Chubb (ankle) vs. Jaguars

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb could make his season debut when the Denver Broncos face the host Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Chubb (ankle) is listed questionable for the contest after missing the opener against the New York Giants due to the injury.

Denver coach Vic Fangio told reporters on Friday that Chubb will be examined closely on Saturday when the team conducts a walkthrough at a Jacksonville high school.

If necessary, the Broncos will have Chubb go through a pregame workout on Sunday before determining his status for the game.

Denver would like to see Chubb on the field as a bookend pass rusher to go along with longtime star Von Miller. The two haven’t played in the same regular season game since Sept. 29, 2019 when Chubb tore his left ACL — coincidentally against the Jaguars.

Miller then missed the entire 2020 season due to a severe ankle injury.

Miller had two sacks in Denver’s 27-13 win over the Giants. It marked his 19th career multi-sack game in the regular season.

Meanwhile, guard Graham Glasgow is doubtful after experiencing an irregular heartbeat during the game against the Giants.

Glasgow underwent a slew of tests this week and nothing concerning has been found.

“Everything’s come back good on him,” Fangio said. “All the tests were positive — obviously you’re supposed to say negative, but positive as we view it.”

Fangio said Glasgow will make the trip to Jacksonville.

Also, linebacker Jonas Griffith (back) is listed as questionable.

Jacksonville cornerback Tre Herndon (knee) was ruled out. Cornerback Tyson Campbell (calf) and defensive end/linebacker Lerentee McCray (hamstring) are questionable.

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Sep 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) reacts after a penalty is called agains the Jaguars during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence seeks first win against Von Miller, Broncos

The NFL debuts of Trevor Lawrence and Urban Meyer were shaky and won’t be highlighted in either’s personal scrapbook.

But the duo takes another swing at notching their first victory together when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Denver Broncos (1-0) on Sunday afternoon.

Jacksonville (0-1) was badly outplayed while losing 37-21 to the Houston Texans in Week 1. The many mistakes included three interceptions from Lawrence.

Lawrence, this year’s No. 1 overall pick from Clemson, was known for efficient, mistake-free play in college. But the faster speed of the game prompted him to panic on occasion while completing 28 of 51 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns.

“I was just not patient with the coverage,” Lawrence said Wednesday. “That (Texans defense) is designed to prevent big plays. I got a little bit greedy on a couple and tried to take too much and just wasn’t patient and that’s a direct reflection of the turnovers.”

Meyer also is adjusting to a different level after winning three national titles as a college coach — two at Florida, one at Ohio State.

In fact, Meyer’s inauspicious NFL debut and the stellar college success combined with Monday’s firing of Southern California coach Clay Helton led to another round of speculation that Meyer may eventually be a candidate for the Trojans’ opening.

“There’s no chance,” Meyer said of USC. “I’m here and committed to try to build an organization.”

That organization has dropped 16 straight games heading into the clash with Denver. Meyer said it will take time to turn the franchise around.

“It’s a build and we’re building,” Meyer said. “I’m very transparent with our players. I have a lot of respect for these guys. I have not wavered on that. We all have to do better, getting them ready to go and playing better.”

The Broncos notched a 27-13 road victory over the New York Giants in Week 1 behind an old stalwart and a new leader.

Eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller displayed his Super Bowl 50 MVP form with two sacks while looking fully recovered from the serious ankle injury that caused him to miss the entire 2020 season.

It marked the 19th time that the 32-year-old Miller has racked up multiple sacks in a regular-season game. He also did it twice in the postseason, including posting 2.5 against the Carolina Panthers in Denver’s Super Bowl win to conclude the 2015 season.

“Sacks are good,” Miller said. “But wins are better.”

Denver certainly is hoping victories will occur more often with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback.

The 28-year-old Bridgewater completed 28 of 36 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns against the Giants in his Broncos’ debut.

Denver is the fourth NFL team for which he has started a game, and Bridgewater is looking forward to playing against Lawrence.

“He’s a guy you can tell he’s a competitor,” Bridgewater said Wednesday. “He has that it-factor and I’m pretty sure they don’t see him as a rookie. He’s a guy who they believe in, who can get the job done for them, but for us we’ve got to make it about us.”

Bridgewater will be missing a main target in receiver Jerry Jeudy (ankle), who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring) also went on IR.

Guard Graham Glasgow is looking doubtful to make the trip to Jacksonville after experiencing an irregular heartbeat during the game against the Giants. Denver coach Vic Fangio said Glasgow is undergoing tests.

Fangio is hopeful outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (ankle) can show improvement during the week. He sat out against New York.

Jacksonville cornerback Tre Herndon (knee) will likely miss his second straight game.

The Jaguars won at Denver 26-24 in 2019 in the most recent matchup.

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Sep 12, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) is taken off the field after being injured in the game against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos put WR Jerry Jeudy and CB Ronald Darby on IR

The Denver Broncos put wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and cornerback Ronald Darby on injured reserve Tuesday with ailments sustained in their season opener against the New York Giants on Sunday.

Jeudy, the Broncos’ first-round pick in 2020, suffered a high ankle sprain in the third quarter of Denver’s 27-13 victory. He had caught six passes for 72 yards before he was injured and carted off the field. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Darby played all 61 snaps on defense and tied for the team lead with six tackles, but an evaluation Monday revealed a hamstring injury. He will miss at least three weeks, the minimum for an injured-reserve stint.

The Broncos signed cornerback Nate Hairston and wide receiver Kendall Hinton from the practice squad to replace Darby and Jeudy. Cornerback Rojesterman Farris and wide receiver Rico Gafford were added to the practice squad.

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Sep 12, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) is taken off the field after being injured in the game against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy to miss time with high ankle sprain

Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy will miss time with a high ankle sprain, Denver Broncos head coach Vin Fangio said Monday.

Jeudy was carted off the field at MetLife Stadium with the Broncos leading the New York Giants 10-7 on Sunday, but hinted early Monday morning that his outlook was positive.

Fangio followed Monday with confirmation the Broncos won’t be without the receiver for long.

Jeudy will miss “at least a few weeks” Fangio said, opening the door for KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick to play larger roles.

A first-round pick in 2020, Jeudy caught six passes for a team-high 72 yards in Denver’s win over the Giants.

The Broncos play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and square off with the New York Jets on Sept. 27.

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Sep 12, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws the ball against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Teddy Bridgewater leads Broncos over Giants

Teddy Bridgewater threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns, Melvin Gordon finished it off with a 70-yard TD and the Denver Broncos recorded a 27-13 victory over the host New York Giants Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Bridgewater delivered an extremely accurate performance in his Denver debut after winning the quarterback job from Drew Lock in preseason. He completed 28 of 36 passes and helped the Broncos maintain possession for just over 35 minutes.

Bridgewater led lengthy drives all day and threw short TDs to Tim Patrick and Albert Okwuegbunam as Denver totaled 420 yards and 66 plays.

Gordon finished with 101 yards on 11 carries and his long run down the left side with 4:37 remaining gave the Broncos a 27-7 lead and sent many heading for the exits. Gordon’s big run occurred one play after New York rookie Azeez Ojulari was called for roughing the passer on Bridgewater.

The only bad news for the Broncos was losing receiver Jerry Jeudy to a lower leg injury with 8:50 remaining in the third quarter. Jeudy finished with six catches and 72 yards.

Denver linebacker Von Miller recorded two sacks and the NFL’s active sack leader raised his total to 108.

New York quarterback Daniel Jones completed 22 of 37 passes for 267 yards. He also had a rushing TD with no time remaining but Jones also fumbled deep in Denver territory late in the third. Denver took advantage as the next possession resulted in Brandon McManus’ second field goal.

Sterling Shepard caught a 37-yard TD for New York, which got only 26 yards on 10 carries from Saquon Barkley in his return from a torn right ACL sustained last season in Chicago.

Denver’s first scoring drive lasted nearly nine minutes and ended when McManus booted a 23-yard field goal.

Shepard gave the Giants a 7-3 lead when he sped past Denver rookie cornerback Patrick Surtain II and ran down the left side of the field with 8:56 remaining in the second.

Denver regained the lead with an impressive drive that ended on Patrick’s two-yard TD with eight seconds left.

The Broncos took a 17-7 lead with 6:48 left in the third on 4th-and-1 when Bridgewater avoided a sack by Xavier McKinney and connected with Okwuegbunam, who dove headfirst and just got the ball over the right pylon.

The Giants had one more chance to inch closer but Denver’s defense stopped them deep inside the red zone when defensive back Kyle Fuller broke up a potential TD to Kenny Golladay on fourth down with 6 1/2 minutes left.

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Aug 20, 2021; Berea, OH, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs a drill during a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos prep for Saquon Barkley’s return at Giants

The availability of running back Saquon Barkley remains a mystery as the New York Giants prepare to host the Denver Broncos on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Barkley is working his way back from a torn ACL sustained in Week 2 of last season. As soon as Barkley went down, so did the hopes of the Giants as they limped to a 1-7 start before finishing with a 6-10 record.

Barkley is presumably on track to return. He participated in contact drills last week and a padded practice Wednesday. While the signs appear promising, Giants coach Joe Judge hasn’t given his star running back the green light for Sunday’s game.

“In large degree what I want to see is how he responds to some contact,” Judge said of Barkley. “… And I want to see how he puts together three straight days of work as well. There’s a big part in just watching how players’ bodies respond.

“He’s no different than a lot of other guys we have right now coming off of injury that we’re gonna have to see over these next three days in terms of what they can handle by load and how their body is going to respond on Sunday.”

Broncos coach Vic Fangio said he expects Barkley — the 2018 Offensive Player of the Year — to suit up on Sunday and be the driving force of the offense.

“We’re under the assumption that he will play. He’s a hell of a player,” Fangio said of Barkley, who rewarded the Giants for selecting him with the second overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft by recording 2,028 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns during his rookie season.

Barkley isn’t the only member of the Giants who was limited on Wednesday.

First-round rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and big-ticket additions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hamstring), tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (ankle) are nursing injuries.

Tight end Evan Engram (calf) did not practice on Wednesday and is trending toward sitting out not only the season opener but perhaps even the Giants’ Week 2 game against the Washington Football Team next Thursday.

While Daniel Jones prepares for his third season under center with the Giants, the Broncos are turning to offseason acquisition Teddy Bridgewater for the opener. Bridgewater, whom the Broncos acquired for a sixth-round pick ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft, will become the fifth different quarterback to start a season for the club since its Super Bowl 50 campaign.

The quarterback carousel hasn’t paid dividends for the Broncos, who lost five of their last six games to finish with a 5-11 record in 2020.

“You come to training camp and you sense that guys have a sense of urgency,” Bridgewater said. “They want to change the narrative around here, and we have an opportunity to do that this coming Sunday.”

An efficient Bridgewater will look to feed wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton, who will wear a brace on his left knee after sustaining a torn ACL last September.

Former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller is all systems go after missing last season with an ankle injury. He joins Pro Bowl selection Bradley Chubb in providing a fearsome presence that likely will keep the members of the Giants’ offensive line on alert.

“Definitely a dominant group at outside linebacker,” Giants offensive tackle Andrew Thomas said of Chubb and Miller. “Both very talented. We’ll have to be on our A game to block them.”

Chubb did not practice on Wednesday due to an ankle injury and his status is in doubt. Tight end Noah Fant (leg) was able to participate in Wednesday’s session but was listed as limited.

–Field Level Media