Broncos tackle Orlando Franklin (74) protects in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Browns 34-12. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Broncos’ Orlando Franklin Reportedly Day-To-Day With Ankle Sprain


Broncos starting right tackle Orlando Franklin suffered a sprained ankle in the team’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

According to Jeff Legwold of ESPN, Franklin went in for scans on his knee and his ankle Monday morning. Pro Football Talk is reporting that only Franklin’s knee is affected, and he’s is listed as day-to-day.

Once Franklin left in the second half, the Broncos moved right guard Louis Vasquez to right tackle and inserted Chris Kuper at right guard. If Franklin is unable to play this week against the Indianapolis Colts, the team could start Winston Justice. Justice was inactive on Sunday.

“He’s had plenty of time to learn our verbiage and our offense,” John Fox said of Justice. “Right now, he’s still developing like everybody. Hopefully, we’re getting better every day—everybody is. But he’s on target as far as his preparation.”

As for the likelihood of the team signing anyone on the outside if Franklin can’t go, Fox kept the door open.

“We’re always looking to improve the team at any position. To answer your question, no more today than any other day.”

The Broncos offensive line may have a bit of a curse. Centers J.D. Walton and Dan Koppen were lost this summer due to injuries and starting left tackle Ryan Clady went on the IR with a Lisfranc injury.

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