Denver Broncos: Bradley Chubb and others inactive vs Raiders

Denver Broncos OLB Malik Reed. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos OLB Malik Reed. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos will be without OLB Bradley Chubb vs the Raiders.

Outside linebacker Bradley Chubb is inactive for the game between the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders.

Chubb finished the 2020 season with 42 tackles and 7.5 sacks. This comes a year after Chubb tore his ACL and missed most of the 2019 season. He made a significant impact on the team this year, and his performance earned him a Pro Bowl nod.

The Broncos will rely on Malik Reed, Jeremiah Attaochu, and possibly 2020 draft selection Derrek Tuszka at the outside linebacker positions in the final week of the 2020 regular season finale.

This will give Chubb some time to get completely healthy for the 2021 season. Coming back from a torn ACL, Chubb played 72.72 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, leading the team’s outside linebacker position and good for sixth overall on the team.

Even with the Broncos out of playoff hopes, having Chubb inactive is a disappointment because it’s always fun to see a top draft pick be on the field as much as possible. But this will be another nice opportunity for the team’s reserves.

Also inactive for the Broncos are quarterback Jeff Driskel, safety Trey Marshall, tackle Demar Dotson, and fellow outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo.

Quarterback Drew Lock will have Brett Rypien as his backup.

At the safety position, Trey Marshall is inactive with a quad injury. Justin Simmons continues to play every snap over the last three seasons. Kareem Jackson has also played every snap for the Broncos on defense this season after playing 80 percent last year.

Wide receiver K.J. Hamler will not play in week 17 after he was placed on injured reserve following a concussion he suffered. Defensive lineman Shelby Harris was also placed on injured reserve with a knee injury and will miss the season finale.

As Mike Klis points out, tight end Jake Butt is active after being activated from injured reserve recently. Will this be his final game with the team? Something to watch.

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This week, the Broncos should continue to figure out who is going to make a name for themselves and try to impress them for the 2021 NFL season. Unfortunately, that’s all they will be playing for against Las Vegas.