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Broncos HC Nathaniel Hackett said Tuesday that TE Greg Dulcich is ready to return to practice. The rookie missed time in the spring with a core-muscle injury and most of training camp with a hamstring. He probably has a lot of catching up to do, but Dulcich has a chance to eventually claim a significant role with TE Albert Okwuegbunam in the doghouse.

Broncos HC Nathaniel Hackett said Tuesday that QB Russell Wilson (shoulder) "should be ready to play” vs. the Chargers on Monday night. Wilson got an injection in his throwing shoulder on Friday to address a strained muscle. We'll keep an eye on his practice participation this week, but hopefully you don't need to use Wilson in Week 6 fantasy lineups.

Broncos HC Nathaniel Hackett has called LB Josey Jewell "week to week" with the knee sprain that knocked him out of Thursday night's loss to the Colts. Alex Singleton figures to fill in for Jewell while he's out. We'll see whether Jewell has a chance to play in Week 6, but "week to week" from coaches usually means a player is expected to miss at least 1 game.

Broncos QB Russell Wilson received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right shoulder on Friday "in hopes of relieving discomfort," according to NFL Network. Wilson is reportedly dealing with a strained latissimus dorsi -- a similar injury to the one that sidelined Cowboys QB Dak Prescott for most of training camp last year. Per the report from Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, the injury is not usually treated with an injection. Wilson plans on playing when the Broncos return to action next Monday night vs. the Chargers. We'll keep a close eye on him this coming week.

Broncos CB Ronald Darby tore his right ACL in Thursday night's loss to the Colts. That obviously ends his season. We'll see whether it also marks the end of his time in Denver. Darby has 1 year remaining on his contract, but that year carries a $13 million cap hit vs. just $3 million in dead cap space if the team cuts him.

Broncos LB Josey Jewell left in the 1st half of Thursday night's game against the Colts with a knee injury and was then ruled out. We'll see about the specific diagnosis and expected return timeline. Alex Singleton filled in and got full playing time when Jewell missed the 1st 2 games of the year. We'll see whether he's the guy again if Jewell misses further time, or if LB Jonas Griffith gets more snaps.

As expected, Broncos RB Latavius Murray is a healthy scratch for tonight's game vs. the Colts. Expect him to make his Broncos debut next week. RB Devine Ozigbo was elevated from the practice squad today and is active. He figures to see most of his action on special teams. We're expecting RB Melvin Gordon to handle most of the backfield work, with RB Mike Boone mixing in.

Broncos RB Latavius Murray won't play vs. the Colts tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Just too quick a turnaround from London and with a new system," Rapoport adds. "Expect him to play vs. the Chargers [next week]." So it'll be Melvin Gordon and Mike Boone in Denver's backfield tonight. NFL Network's James Palmer says Gordon will be the "bell cow." He's a solid RB2 play. Consider Boone a shaky RB3 or flex.

Broncos QB Russell Wilson has been removed from the injury report for Thursday night's game against the Colts. He said earlier in the week that his right-shoulder issue wouldn't inhibit his availability, and it appears Wilson will be a full go.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Broncos QB Russell Wilson is "dealing with a little bit of tendonitis in his throwing shoulder." Wilson has been limited in practice so far this week, ahead of Thursday night's game vs. the Colts. "Doesn't seem like this is a major issue," Rapoport adds. "I'd characterize it as just something to watch."

Broncos QB Russell Wilson showed some signs of life in Sunday's loss to Vegas, tossing 2 TDs and completing 17-of-25 passes for 237 yards. Obviously, the pass volume (and yardage) isn’t ideal. But the boosted efficiency is nice, and it’s encouraging to see him hitting top targets Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy for scores. Wilson was Pro Football Focus’ 23rd graded QB over the first 3 weeks but jumped up to 4th in Week 4. The loss of Javonte Williams (torn ACL) could push this unit more towards the pass going forward — especially if their run defense doesn’t improve. Wilson belongs in the QB1 conversation for a Thursday night home game vs. Indianapolis.

Broncos EDGE Randy Gregory is having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to trim the meniscus. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports he'll miss "anywhere from two to six weeks." That will be a significant loss for the Denver pass rush. Baron Browning figures to benefit the most. He played a season-high 43 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Raiders and also saw elevated snap share back in Week 1, when Gregory had his playing time limited coming off a different injury. Browning doesn't have a QB hit yet this year.

The Broncos are signing RB Latavius Murray off the Saints' practice squad, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Murray was just elevated for Week 4 in London, looking fresh-legged on his way to 57 yards and a score on 11 carries. Murray toted it 119 times for 501 yards (4.2 YPC) and 6 TDs for the Ravens last year, ranking 28th among 50 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades. Murray will turn 33 in January but still has some juice left in his legs. He's worth adding now that he's part of Denver's Javonte Williams-less backfield -- although we still prefer Mike Boone as a pickup.

Broncos RB Javonte Williams tore his right ACL in Sunday's loss to the Raiders. That obviously ends his season. Melvin Gordon becomes the obvious name as top candidate to take over the Denver backfield, but Mike Boone has seen significant use each of the past 2 games. He stepped in to run nearly as many routes as Williams and Gordon in Week 3, and then Boone played more than Gordon against the Raiders. Gordon entered Sunday with a neck issue that limited him for a couple of practices, but he finished with a full workout. He did take a 2nd-half trip to the medical tent but returned. We'll see just how the new backfield split plays out. Boone is at least worth a pickup in most fantasy football leagues.

Update: In addition to the torn ACL, Williams also has a torn LCL and posterior lateral corner, sources tell NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That figures to lengthen Williams' rehab timeline. We'll track his progress.

Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy rebounded in Week 4 with 4 catches for 53 yards and 1 score. His 5 targets ranked behind behind Courtland Sutton’s 7 and represented a 20% team share. The ‘Bama product caught a nice sideline deep ball from Russell Wilson and later made a slick sliding grab for his 2nd TD of 2022. Next up is a Thursday night home game vs. Indianapolis.

Broncos TE Albert Okwuegbunam played just a single snap in Week 4. Denver fired off only 48 offensive plays, but this development is obviously crushing for Albert O’s fantasy prospects. TEs Eric Saubert (41 snaps), Eric Tomlinson (24 snaps) and Andrew Beck (12 snaps) each saw significantly more playing time. Feel free to cut Okwuegbunam.

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton scored his first TD of the season in Week 4. He added 5 catches for 52 yards on a team-high 7 targets (28%). Denver ran only 48 plays in a road loss to Vegas, but it was nice to see Sutton convert on his 3rd end zone target of the season. Losing RB Javonte Williams to a knee injury — potentially for an extended absence — might push this offense to more passing in the weeks ahead. Regardless, Sutton is locked in as a weekly starter.

Broncos RB Javonte Williams is "feared to have suffered a serious knee injury," a source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Williams is scheduled for a Monday MRI to get a better look at the knee, "but there is not a lot of optimism surrounding the injury," Rapoport adds. We should get an official diagnosis on Williams tomorrow.

Broncos EDGE Randy Gregory left Sunday's game with a right knee injury. Mike Klis of 9News reported that he was carrying crutches as he left the locker room after the game but not using them. We'll see about the severity of this injury.

Broncos HC Nathaniel Hackett said after the loss to the Raiders that RB Javonte Williams will undergo an MRI on his injured right knee on Monday. Hackett had no further update on Williams' injury. But, per ESPN's Jeff Legwold, Williams left the locker room on crutches. We should learn more about his status tomorrow, but this obviously looks like a significant injury. Williams' absence would leave Denver's backfield to Melvin Gordon and Mike Boone.

Update: Mike Klis of 9News of Williams' injury that the "fear is it is serious and he will be sidelined for [an] extended period."

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