The Denver Broncos have been hit hard by injuries lately. By the end of Monday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, Denver was playing without cornerback A.J. Bouye (shoulder), running back Phillip Lindsay (toe), wide receiver KJ Hamler (hamstring), wide receiver Courtland Sutton (shoulder) and outside linebacker Von Miller (ankle).
On Tuesday, the Broncos finally got some good news on the injury front — Hamler is on track to return to practice this week.
“I expect Hamler to be back practicing full,” Denver coach Vic Fangio said Tuesday. “He was practicing last week full, but we were limiting his snaps to the service team for the most part. We expect to try and get him back acclimated into the offense.”
Sutton has a less certain status but there’s also a possibility that he might be able to return for a Week 2 showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I think Courtland’s making improvement,” Fangio said. “We’ll see exactly what he does tomorrow. Hopefully by the end of the week he’s doing more. We’ll see where he’s at.”
While that’s good news for Hamler and Sutton, the Broncos still have some serious injuries to monitor this week. Bouye is “highly questionable” for Week 2 with a dislocated shoulder and Lindsay’s status is “clearly in doubt.” Miller was officially placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.
Denver will ask young players to continue stepping up in the place of injured starters.
“We’re a much better team with all our guys on the field,” tight end Noah Fant said on Monday evening. “But you kind of have to have the mentality that once those guys do go down, you can’t get them back right in the moment, so you’ve got to kind of move forward. Obviously, we care about those guys utmost and you know, want the best for them.
“But we have to move over for the time being and keep pressing forward. I think even with those injuries, I think we put ourselves in position to win the game, but we just have to close out and we have a lot of good players, a lot of good depth on our team, so I think we’re going to be all right.”