Nov 1, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos LB Bradley Chubb exits with ankle injury

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.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) gains yards after the catch during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy exits with right ankle injury

Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy left Sunday’s game against the host New York Giants with 8:50 remaining in the third quarter after an ankle injury

Jeudy was injured when he caught a 20-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater. As he tried to advance the ball, New York defensive back James Bradberry landed hard on Jeudy’s right ankle while making the tackle.

As officials reviewed the play for a potential fumble, Jeudy was carted off the field.

Jeudy had six catches for 72 yards before the injury. As a rookie last season, the former first-round pick (15th overall) from Alabama finished with 52 catches for 856 yards to go along with three touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; A general view of the Denver Broncos helmet on sidelines against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Longtime offensive line coach Alex Gibbs dies at 80

Longtime NFL offensive line coach Alex Gibbs died Monday in Phoenix following complications from a stroke, the Denver Broncos announced. He was 80.

Gibbs coached in the NFL for three decades, including 14 seasons with Denver (1984-87, 1995-2003, 2013) that included back-to-back Super Bowl championships (XXXII, XXXIII).

“Coach Gibbs left a lasting legacy on this league with his innovative blocking schemes and outstanding teaching ability,” the Broncos said in a statement. “He helped the Broncos to Super Bowls in three different decades … while forging a reputation as one of the greatest assistant coaches in NFL history.

“Our hearts go out to Alex’s wife, Trina, and the entire Gibbs family as well as Alex’s many former players and fellow coaches.”

Gibbs also coached for the Los Angeles Raiders (1988-89), San Diego Chargers (1990-91), Indianapolis Colts (1992), Kansas City Chiefs (1993-94), Atlanta Falcons (2004-06), Houston Texans (2008-09) and Seattle Seahawks (2010).

Gibbs announced his retirement before the start of the 2010 regular season, but returned to the Broncos in 2013 as an offensive line consultant.

–Field Level Media

Jun 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James (70)  looks on during mini camp drills at the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse at UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ja’Wuan James files grievance against Broncos

Former Denver Broncos right tackle Ja’Wuan James has filed a grievance against the team seeking to recoup his 2021 pay, according to Profootballtalk.com.

James, 29, sustained a season-ending torn Achilles injury while working away from team facilities in early May.

The Broncos released James in May with a non-football injury designation, clearing the way for the team to void his salary for 2021.

James was set to earn $10 million in base salary in 2021. But shortly after the injury, the NFL cited James in a memo informing teams that injuries incurred in such conditions could be given the non-football injury (NFI) designation, letting teams off the hook from paying the player for missed time.

The NFL Players Association viewed that stance as a mechanism to force players to join teams’ involuntary workouts.

In an email to players, the union wrote of the league’s stance on James: “It was gutless to use a player’s serious injury as a scare tactic to get you to come running back to these workouts.

“This memo is another sign of what they think of you and also affirms that they simply want to control you year-round in any and every way that they can.”

According to the report, James contends he was working out with teammates in a manner “specifically authorized” by the team. The grievance also claims it believes the Broncos’ facilities were not compliant with Colorado’s COVID-19 guidelines.

He is reportedly seeking the $10 million he had guaranteed on his contract for 2021 and $5 million that was guaranteed for 2022.

The Broncos and the NFL reportedly declined to comment on the grievance, which will be heard by a panel of arbitrators.

James opted out of the 2020 season. He played in only three games since the Broncos signed him to a four-year, $51 million contract before the 2019 season. He dealt with a knee injury that season and played only 63 snaps for the Broncos.

James was the Miami Dolphins’ first-round draft pick out of Tennessee in 2014. Injuries cost him 18 games during his five seasons with the Dolphins before he became a free agent after the 2018 season.

–Field Level Media

May 24, 2021; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) and quarterback Brett Rypien (4) and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) during organized team activities at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Teddy Bridgewater, Drew Lock embrace competition as Broncos hit field

Teddy Bridgewater did not hesitate when asked about the last time he was in a quarterback competition.

It was yesterday. And the day before. And on and on.

“Every day I wake up, I consider myself competing for my job,” Bridgewater said Monday. “I think that’s the mindset of everyone who plays this game.”

This time, the competition is obvious to everyone outside the team, as well. Bridgewater took part in organized team activities with his new club, the Denver Broncos, as he battles for the starting job along with incumbent Drew Lock.

Bridgewater completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 3,733 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 15 starts last season with the Carolina Panthers. Denver acquired the 28-year-old on April 28 in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.

The veteran deflected questions about whether one season was enough time to prove himself in Carolina, instead saying he was focused on the Broncos. He said he is focused on improvement, not whether the Broncos consider him the top quarterback today or in Week 1.

“I saw Von (Miller) this morning when he came in the building,” Bridgewater said. “The first thing he said today was, ‘You’re here to play football now.’ That’s my mindset now. I’m here to play football and whatever happens, happens. I’m here to help this team become a better team.”

Lock, 24, started 13 games for the Broncos last season. He completed 57.3 percent of his passes for 2,933 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

The Missouri product welcomed the addition of Bridgewater to practice.

“It’s going to be fun,” Lock said. “I’m excited to be able to go out there and have this competition, push myself to a whole different level that maybe I wouldn’t have gotten to without this.”

So far, the two quarterbacks have connected off the field as they compete for a starting job on it.

“Teddy’s been great,” Lock said. “Today was obviously the first time meeting him in person being that we’ve all had to be on Zoom again up until this point. I feel like we’re going to be able to talk easily out there. It comes from seeing Drew (Brees) play. He’s seen a lot of great quarterbacks and he’s played a lot of ball. He has a lot of experience.

“I feel like we can both bounce things off of each other now where I don’t feel necessarily that I’m the young one.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 3, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (75) runs across the field during the Blue-White Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Broncos agree to one-year deal with OT Cameron Fleming

The Denver Broncos agreed to a one-year deal with offensive tackle Cameron Fleming on Thursday, according to a report from Denver’s 9News, one day after the team signed offensive tackle Bobby Massie.

The Broncos are looking to replace Ja’Wuan James, who is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles.

Fleming, 28, who started all 16 games for the New York Giants last season at right tackle, will earn $3.67 million, according to the report.

Fleming played his first four seasons with the New England Patriots after he was a fourth-round draft pick in 2014 out of Stanford. He played for the Dallas Cowboys from 2018-19 before he joined the Giants last season.

Last season was the first time Fleming started more than seven games in a single season.

–Field Level Media

Aug 25, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Von Miller among Broncos at team workout

Around the NFL, some players have steered clear of voluntary workouts this offseason.

Not Von Miller.

Miller and “several” other players worked out at the Denver Broncos team facility Monday, according to a report from 9news.com.

Miller, 32, who will be entering his 11th year with the Broncos, has a $500,000 workout bonus in his contract, giving him incentive to participate in the offseason program.

The 8-time Pro Bowler did not play in the 2020 season due to an ankle injury, and he is coming off a 2019 season in which he notched just eight sacks in 15 games, the second lowest total of his career (five sacks in nine games in 2013).

Miller has at least 10 sacks in seven of his nine healthy seasons with Denver.

–Field Level Media