Broncos S T.J. Ward returned to a full practice Tuesday, according to NFL Network, 18 days after going down with a hamstring injury. Ward still has time to get ready for the 3rd preseason game and a little more than 2 weeks before the regular season begins. As long as he can avoid any setbacks or compensatory issues, Ward should remain a solid DB option for IDP owners in fantasy football drafts.
Broncos DE Derek Wolfe suffered a "really bad sprain" in his right ankle in Saturday's practice, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. The injury also reportedly included a ligament tear. Wolfe still said it wasn't as bad as initially feared at that he hopes to be back to 100% by Week 1. We'll see if he gets there. At the least, it's another blow to a defense that will miss OLB Shane Ray into the regular season and lost DE Billy Winn to an ACL tear.
Broncos S T.J. Ward left Friday's practice with a right hamstring injury. HC Vance Joseph said afterward that they don't yet know how serious the injury might be, according to The Denver Post. We'll keep an eye on the situation.
Broncos OLB Shane Ray tore a ligament in his left wrist Thursday that is expected to cost him 6-8 weeks, according to The Denver Post. Ray was set to have surgery Saturday morning. He had been expected to start in place of the retired DeMarcus Ware. Denver's top reserve at the position, Shaq Barrett, is on the non-football injury list with a hip issue that HC Vance Joseph expects to keep him out until Week 2 or 3 of the regular season. So the Broncos are expected to turn to 4th-year player Kasim Edebali and former practice-squad player Vontarrius Dora. The situation could significantly hurt the pass rush of 1 of fantasy football's top team defenses.
The Broncos selected Florida State DE DeMarcus Walker in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Walker racked up 25 sacks and 33.5 total tackles for loss over the past 2 seasons, including a career high 16 sacks in his senior campaign. He figures to play DE in Denver's 3-4 front.
The Broncos have hired Mike McCoy as their new OC. It's a homecoming after McCoy spent the 2009-2012 seasons in the same role. His QBs during that stretch ranged from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. McCoy was able to coax top-15 finishes in total yards and passing yards out of the Orton-led squads. With Tebow in 2011, Denver ranked 1st in rushing attempts and yards but 31st in passing and 23rd in total offense. McCoy's 2012 season with Manning produced a #4 finish in total yards and #2 in points. McCoy struggled as the Chargers' HC for the past 4 years, producing a 27-37 record (although injuries did him no favors). All 4 of those squads led by QB Philip Rivers ranked top 10 in passing yards. McCoy is widely regarded as 1 of the better offensive minds in the game, so this is a nice hire for Denver. He seems to lean toward a pass-heavy attack but has shown the willingness and ability to adjust his scheme. We'll see what he has in mind for this Broncos attack.
The Broncos have hired Vance Joseph as their new HC. The 44-year-old spent the 2016 season as the Dolphins' defensive coordinator after numerous stops as a defensive backs coach in both college and the pros. We'll see who he brings aboard to run the offense.
Broncos LB Brandon Marshall (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Raiders. He's a weak IDP option, though. S T.J. Ward was previously ruled out with a concussion.
ESPN reports that Broncos HC Gary Kubiak will likely step down within the next week because of health concerns. Kubiak was hospitalized earlier this season after the game against Atlanta with a "complex migraine," the 2nd time in the past 2 seasons that health issues landed him in the hospital. We'll see who the next coach is and how that might affect everyone's fantasy outlooks. (The QB situation should be particularly interesting, with incumbent Trevor Siemian and 1st-rounder Paxton Lynch on hand.) For today, Denver players might find a little extra motivation in trying to send Kubiak out with a victory -- assuming he has confirmed to them whether he's leaving.
Broncos DE Derek Wolfe (neck) is active for tonight's game against the Chiefs. He's fine to use as you normally would in your IDP league.
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