A week after the Denver Broncos lost starting wide receiver Courtland Sutton to a season-ending knee injury. They have now lost another key player, this time on defense.
Head coach Vic Fangio said Monday that veteran defensive tackle Jurrell Casey will be out for the rest of the season with torn biceps. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first reported the news of Casey’s injury.
The 32-year-old defensive lineman had four tackles, a quarterback hit, and a tackle for loss in Denver’s 28-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite the arm injury, Casey still managed to play 48 out of 68 defensive snaps for the Broncos.
Nevertheless, the loss of Casey is just another blow to a Broncos defense that lost Von Miller to a season-ending ankle injury days before the regular-season began. Denver also lost defensive linemen Dre’Mont Jones and DeMarcus Walker to significant injuries last week.
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- The Broncos may have a different quarterback under center when they take on the New York Jets on Thursday night. According to head coach Vic Fangio, Jeff Driskel or Brett Rypien will either get the start. Veteran quarterback Blake Bortles, who was signed last week, is unlikely to play due to it being a short week. In Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay, Driskel completed 56 percent of his passes for 176 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Rypien, who was promoted from the practice squad and replaced Driskel, passed for 53 yards and an interception.
- The Jets’ front office brass is keeping an eye on head coach Adam Gase over the next two games, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Gase has not had a great tenure in New York thus far, which has gone downhill through the first three weeks of this season. The Jets lost 36-7 on Sunday to the Indianapolis Colts, dropping their record to 0-3. However, they have a chance to get their first win on Thursday against the injury-ridden Broncos.
- After losing two kickers last week to injury, the Jacksonville Jaguars have brought in some reinforcements. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Jacksonville signed former New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas to the practice squad and veteran Stephen Hauschka to the active roster.