A week after losing their starting right tackle and a key special teams player in a season-opening loss to the Raiders, the Broncos escaped their second game of the season relatively injury free. That was one of the few pieces of good news to emerge from Denver’s loss to Chicago on Sunday.
That said, not all is positive on the health front. The Broncos were without a pair of key starters for their home opener, which continues to leave them shorthanded on defense.
Todd Davis missed a second-straight game as he returns from a calf injury suffered on the first day of training camp. After returning to practice last week on a limited basis, there’s hope that the inside linebacker will be able to play against the Packers on Sunday.
The same goal is in place for Bryce Callahan, as the cornerback has yet to play a game in a Broncos uniform. After injuring his foot in the team’s preseason practice at Enpower Field, the free-agent acquisition has been on the shelf every time his teammates have taken the field.
Ja’Wuan James, Andy Janovich and Joseph Jones also missed the game against the Bears due to injury. James being on the sidelines is the biggest loss for Denver, as it limits their options along the offensive line. Had he been playing right tackle against Chicago, the Broncos could’ve replaced Garett Bolles at left tackle with Elijah Wilkinson. With Wilkinson in for James, however, Denver was forced to left Bolles struggle with one holding penalty after another.
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