Just ahead of their Week 10 clash with the Tennessee Titans, the Denver Broncos have received some troubling news. Justin Simmons, one of the defensive leaders of the team, will not play.
Justin Simmons was ruled out of the contest on Saturday night as he continues to recover from a sprained knee. With Caden Sterns also on injured reserve, that leaves the Broncos having to turn to P.J. Locke, who is more of a special teams player.
In fact, Locke, who has been with the Broncos since 2019, would be making his first career start.
Simmons is still one of the best players on the Broncos’ roster but he is having a bit of a down year due to various injuries that have caused him to miss a lot of action. Simmons has played in just four games this season.
That, combined with the news that Ryan Tannehill will likely be back as the quarterback for the Titans makes this a much trickier game for the Broncos than it looked like during the middle of the week.
Had the Titans had to start rookie Malik Willis for a third straight week, the Broncos could have easily stacked the box to slow down the rushing attack led by Derrick Henry. Now, with Tannehill back and with Simmons shelved, the Titans could easily be much more effective offensively.
This is a game that the Broncos really need to find a way to win. A loss drops them to 3-6 with four divisional games and a tough matchup with the Baltimore Ravens still to come.
Earlier this week, the Broncos moved up Anthony Harris from the practice squad. The veteran safety has over 350 career tackles and 10 interceptions. He will be a name to watch on Sunday, particularly if Locke struggles.