The Denver Broncos have taken another hit at the inside linebacker position as Joe Jones will enter a lengthy recovery from a triceps injury.
Todd Davis, Josey Jewell, A.J. Johnson, and now Joe Jones. That is over half of the inside linebackers from the Denver Broncos that have been injured since the start of training camp. The only difference with Joe Jones is that he will be out an extended period of time.
Nicki Jhabvala from The Athletic is reporting from her source that Joe Jones received a second opinion on his triceps area and the results were the same with the team doctors. The good news is that it does not require surgery.
The bad news is that the triceps injury has a six to eight week recovery timeline. This means Denver will be without Jones until the week Denver travels to Green Bay at the earliest. Which means we could see him again this season.
The biggest task with this injury is trying to figure out what to do with the inside linebacker position. Only three inside linebackers for the Broncos are healthy. It makes you wonder if Vic Fangio is going to be okay with three inside linebackers for the game against Seattle on Thursday.
An option that they could go with is Justin Hollins, the team’s fifth round draft pick. From what I heard when the team drafted him is that he could play both inside linebacker and edge rusher. But will Vic Fangio use that as an option?
Another idea is to have Su’a Cravens play a bit of inside linebacker, at least for this week. That idea was brought to me by a Broncos fan. It could give Cravens the chance he needs to prove himself to the coaches.
I believe what will happen is Vic Fangio will look at what he has on the roster on Thursday and make a choice depending on what happens on the field and the progress of the other inside linebackers.