As the Broncos get ready to host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon, it was announced by head coach Gary Kubiak that defensive end Kenny Anunike won’t be making his season debut for the team.
Anunike made the team after his brief performance in training camp and the preseason was cut short by a knee injury that has kept him out the last month or so. What we did get to see from Anunike this preseason was phenomenal.
Consistently disruptive and quick off the ball, Anunike likely would have seen some significant snaps in place of the suspended Derek Wolfe, but that will have to wait at least another week. For this week, the Broncos will rely on a combination of Antonio Smith, Vance Walker, and rookie Darius Kilgo in relief of Wolfe.
Without Anunike, the Broncos have just five defensive linemen that will be active for the game. While that is a bit of a concern, the players available have versatile skill sets to be able to play multiple positions, but the absence of Anunike and Wolfe means that Darius Kilgo could wind up playing more nose tackle in relief of Sylvester Williams, who might be in line for the most snaps of his NFL career thus far.
The only other injury question mark for the Broncos in this game is whether or not Lerentee McCray will play. He’s listed as questionable with everyone else on the injury report listed as probable. If McCray does wind up playing, it will be the first time we’ve seen him all season. He’s been injured and working his way back to the field the last month or so.
With McCray in the fold, the Broncos have even more depth up front in the pass rush department, but he can also be a valuable asset on special teams. One of the main reasons he made the team as an undrafted rookie in 2013 was due to a couple of blocked kicks in preseason action.
The good news is, for the most part, the Broncos are going to be healthy for this game against the Ravens.
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