The Denver Broncos are the latest team to fall victim to COVID-19. The Broncos are placing wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and linebacker Bradley Chubb on their reserve / COVID-19 roster ahead of Sunday’s road game against the Chargers. Both players will miss Sunday’s game. Broncos coach Vic Fangio has said wide receiver Courtland Sutton could also be placed on their COVID-19 roster ahead of Sunday’s game.
Along with Jeudy and Chubb, Sutton would be another critical loss for the Broncos, who at 7-8 will need to win their last two games and get plenty of help in order to have a shot at qualifying for the playoffs. Jeudy and Sutton have combined to catch 90 passes for 1,140 yards this season. An ankle injury sidelined Chubb – a pro Bowler for the first time in 2020 – for eight games.
Denver is set to start quarterback Drew Lock at quarterback with Teddy Bridgewater battling a concussion. Lock scored 15 of 22 for 153 yards in the 17-13 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders last week. After going 4-1 as a starter in his rookie season, Lock was just 4-9 as Denver’s starting quarterback last season. Without Jeudy and possibly Sutton, Lock will likely rely on tight end Noah Fant and running backs Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams. Gordon and Williams combined to go 137 yards on 31 carries in Denver’s 28-13 win over Los Angeles in Week 12.
Like the Broncos, the Chargers are also in the race for one of the AFC’s last wild card spots. Los Angeles is 8-7 after consecutive losses to the Chiefs and Texans.
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