Broncos will get Brandon McManus back vs. Chargers
The Denver Broncos will get kicker Brandon McManus back against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Last week against the Buffalo Bills, the Denver Broncos had 31-year old rookie kicker Taylor Russolino, in place of Brandon McManus, who was deemed a close contact with somebody who had COVID-19.
Russolino missed a 51-yard field goal attempt, as well as two extra points against Buffalo, adding to a disaster of a week 15 matchup. With his disappointing debut, Russolino likely won’t kick for the Broncos again. I would think that the team would consider signing somebody else if this situation with McManus happened again.
With that being said, McManus is set to kick against the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday. The team has removed him from the COVID-19 list.
McManus expressed his frustration with the league for not allowing him to kick despite quarantining the required number of days before game day.
McManus has obviously been a very reliable piece to a Broncos team that has struggled over the last five years. As a member of the Broncos, he has made 163 of 197 field goal attempts (82.7 percent). However, against the Panthers, McManus was just 2 of 4 on his extra point attempts.
Bradley Chubb, Phillip Lindsay questionable for Sunday.
The Broncos have been snakebitten by injuries this season, and while the injuries to Bradley Chubb and Phillip Lindsay aren’t “long-term”, the two stars could still miss this week against the Chargers.
Chubb injured his ankle against the Bills, while Lindsay suffered injuries to his hip and knee. Missing both of those players would be very disappointing. However, at this stage of the season and the playoffs no longer a possibility, it would be smart to rest those key contributors. That’s if there is even a slight chance of them playing.
Neither Chubb nor Lindsay really have much to prove. Both have now officially made Pro Bowls, with Chubb’s first nomination coming just the other day. Lindsay made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2018. But with Melvin Gordon in the mix, there really wasn’t an opportunity for him to make it this year.