The Denver Broncos face off against the Atlanta Falcons in the Hall of Fame game on Thursday Night. Here is the latest in regards to the team’s injuries.
Football is finally here, folks! The Denver Broncos square off against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, just a few days prior to the annual Hall of Fame ceremonies. (If you hadn’t heard, a couple of former Broncos will be enshrined).
The latest practice/no practice report has several players on both sides of the ball. On Tuesday, the following players were held out:
RG Ron Leary
TE Jake Butt
ILB Todd Davis
WR DaeSean Hamilton
OL Jake Rodgers
TE Bug Howard
CB Bryce Callahan
It would not surprise me if the Broncos hold some of these players out. Jake Butt has not practiced in a long time, as he continues to recover from an ACL injury. The Broncos would like to keep working him back slowly so that he does not re-injure his knee.
Todd Davis is nursing a calf injury and, as a starter, it would be smart for the Broncos to keep him out, especially since the team will be playing five total exhibition games in 2019.
Cornerback Bryce Callahan, who followed Vic Fangio to Denver from the Chicago Bears, had his foot stepped on in the Broncos’ open practice at the stadium. He will be fine, but will not play.
With all of the players who have injuries to the lower body (leg/knee/foot), it is important to keep them from making the injuries worse.
That begs the question, how are the field conditions for the Hall of Fame game? There have been no reports of bad field conditions thus far and with the game on Thursday, it does not look like there will be any issues.
The Broncos will give rookie offensive lineman Dalton Risner, left tackle Garett Bolles and center Connor McGovern a couple of plays in the game.
Here’s to a healthy first game of the 2019 NFL preseason.