Broncos DE Jurrell Casey suffered a torn biceps in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. That likely ends his season. DeMarcus Walker looks like the next man up on the depth chart for a Denver defense that no longer looks like a tough matchup in any area.
The Broncos on Friday released ILB Todd Davis. It's a surprising move, especially because he's reportedly recovered from the calf injury that cost Davis most of training camp. The move leaves Alexander (A.J.) Johnson as a clear starter and Josey Jewell as the presumed other starter. Johnson has been a strong value in our IDP rankings all offseason. Jewell can be a late option in deep leagues, but he played his way out of a starting job last year.
Broncos LB Todd Davis left Thursday's practice with a left calf injury. Davis hurt it bad enough to need help off the field, but HC Vic Fangio had no further info on the injury after the workout. Davis missed nearly all of last year's training camp with a partial calf tear but made it back for Week 3 and then played the rest of the games. We'll see about the severity of this injury.
Update: NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Davis is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. That still gives him a shot at being ready for the regular-season opener.
The Broncos have placed the franchise tag on S Justin Simmons. Barring a trade, he'll remain in the role that has made Simmons a nice IDP contributor the past 2 years.
Broncos OLB Von Miller (knee) is active for today's game against the Texans. It's an upside sack matchup for the pass rusher, though there's also still risk to Miller's injury situation. Fellow OLB Malik Reed (ankle) is inactive for the game.
Broncos OLB Von Miller is "trending in the right direction" but still no lock to return for today's game against the Texans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. ESPN's Adam Schefter, meanwhile, reports that Denver expects Miller to play. Miller's knee injury cost him last week's game, the 1st he had missed since 2013. We'll update his status later this morning, when the inactives come out. But even an active Miller looks like a risky IDP bet this week.
Broncos OLB Von Miller (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. Miller put in limited practices all week. We'll check his status Sunday. Fellow OLB starter Malik Reed (ankle) is also questionable. He started the week not practicing but put in limited workouts Thursday and Friday.
Broncos DE Derek Wolfe will finish his season on IR after dislocating his left elbow in Sunday's win over the Chargers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Wolfe set a new career high with 7 sacks and had been hot lately. Denver's D-line doesn't offer much IDP intrigue with Wolfe down.
Broncos OLB Von Miller (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Chargers. The left knee injury snaps a 95-game active streak for Miller. ILB Alexander Johnson (knee) is active and in play for IDP usage. DL Shelby Harris (ankle) is also active but a low-level fantasy option.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Broncos OLB Von Miller is "considered 50/50" to play through his knee injury against the Chargers today, "though it's trending in the right direction." That obviously points to Miller likely playing, but he'll be a low-floor option for IDP lineups.
Broncos ILB Alexander Johnson (knee) and OLB Von Miller (knee) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Both players missed the first 2 days of practice before putting in a limited Friday. We'll update the status for both on Sunday afternoon. The late start makes it difficult to wait for either player.
Broncos DE DeMarcus Walker (shoulder) is inactive for today's game against the Browns.
Broncos LB Josey Jewell got no injury status on the week's final report, which means his injured hamstring is ready for game action. HC Vic Fangio said Friday, though, that Jewell "may not" start against the Titans, according to the team website. Will he at least rotate in, though? "Possibly," Fangio said. "Depends how the game goes." Alexander Johnson started in Jewell's place last week and delivered 8 tackles, an INT and a pass breakup. It sounds as though the coach liked what he saw in Johnson. The lack of clarity means we can't use either LB in most IDP cases. We'll see what Week 6 reveals.
Broncos LB Josey Jewell (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Chargers. S Kareem Jackson (hamstring) is active after entering the day questionable.
Broncos OLB Bradley Chubb suffered an ACL tear in Sunday's game against the Jaguars and is done for the season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That takes a key sack producer away from a defense that rebounded from 0 through the 1st 3 games to tally 5 against Jacksonville. We'll see about Chubb's progress through the offseason.
Broncos LB Josey Jewell (hamstring) and DE Derek Wolfe (ankle) are active for today's game against the Jaguars. Neither is a high-level IDP play. We'll see about Jewell's playing time in the 2nd game back for fellow ILB Todd Davis. S Kareem Jackson (hamstring) is inactive.
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