Oct 18, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray (56) is helped off the field in the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos go into the bye week at 6-0. And as far as injuries are concerned, they are going to need the extra time off.
Injury reports came back to the Broncos on Monday. Gary Kubiak noted that Emmanuel Sanders suffered a bruised shoulder in the game on Sunday. Kubiak mentioned that he should be okay to go on November 1st when the Green Bay Packers come to town.
As far as edge rusher Shane Ray, an MRI confirmed that it is a sprained MCL and that there is no tear to his ACL, which is best case scenario for the Broncos. However, Ray will miss around four-to-six weeks with the injury. His earliest return could be around Week 11.
Another player that was injured in Sunday’s game was Corey Nelson, who plays inside linebacker and on special teams. He suffered an ankle and knee injury and is listed as day-to-day.
With the absence of Ray, it will be difficult, but it is a good thing that the team is deep at the edge rusher position. This is especially true since there is a great chance that Demarcus Ware will return from injury in time for the next game.
These first six games have been quite a roller coaster. Having four of the first six games on the road has not been easy either. But the Broncos will get six of their final ten games at home, so they will have Broncos Country to back them up down the stretch.
With the Broncos on a bye this weekend, this will give every single player a chance to relax and rest whatever that is banged up. After Week 7, the playoff race will heat up for the Broncos. Best to have the majority of the injuries healed up in time for the second half of the season.
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