The Broncos lose their starting nose. | Photo by Elsa/Getty Images
The Broncos’ nose tackle suffered a Lisfranc fracture against the Chiefs.
— Brandon Krisztal (@BKDenverSports) October 26, 2020
Fortunately for Purcell, he only just recently signed a three year contract extension with the Denver Broncos earlier this month. While the contract carried just over $4 million in guarantees, the 2021 base salary is only guaranteed for injury.
Perhaps the posterchild for the merits of a developmental league, Purcell fought his way back into the NFL after the AAF folded last year. The former Salt Lake Stallion signed with the Broncos in camp and made himself too valuable to let go.
A fan favorite, losing Purcell is going to most impact the Broncos base run defense. While the injury situation along the defensive line this year has led Purcell to playing more snaps in nickel personnel than he ever has before, that was going to change regardless with both Dre’Mont Jones and DeMarcus Walker healthy and ready to play.