Broncos inactives: The Denver Broncos will be without both of their starting safeties against the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver group as both T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart are inactive Sunday.
If the Denver Broncos are going to best the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, they are going to do it with some patchwork safeties. Both starters on the back end of the Denver defense — T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart — will be out against Ben Roethlisberger and company.
Ward has been out for a few weeks now but Stewart is a new addition to the gameday inactive list, which will mean that both Josh Bush and Shiloh Keo will be receiving significant snaps on Sunday.
I wonder if Big Ben is going to try and exploit that.
Luckily for the Broncos, David Bruton — who is probably their best cover safety (IMO) — will return from injury for this game and they are still well-equipped at the cornerback position with three studs in Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr., and Bradley Roby.
Of course for a road game against a team that has scored 30 points or more in every game over the last month, it’s intimidating to think about playing without both starting safeties. However, the Broncos’ pass rush and corners should be able to atone for whatever needs to be made up, along with the return of David Bruton.
Darian Stewart, a free agent pickup from the Baltimore Ravens, has been one of the best moves the Broncos have made this offseason. He’s an incredibly underrated player who has made some huge plays in 2015. His presence will certainly be missed, but I think the Broncos will be able to overcome it.