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Safety David Bruton fractured his fibula and played through it

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That's the definition of tough right there

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

According to Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak, Denver Broncos safety David Bruton suffered a fractured fibula late in the first quarter when he collided with cornerback Aqib Talib. This injury, however, did not stop Bruton from playing the majority of the remaining game.

Kubiak called what Bruton did on Sunday as "amazing", and called him a "warrior". I don't disagree with Kubiak one bit. What Bruton did on Sunday was an amazing showing of toughness from a player. I already had a lot of respect for Bruton, but it just got a bit higher after reading this.

Unfortunately for the Broncos and Bruton, this means that he'll miss an extended period of time. No timetable has been officially set, but I wouldn't be shocked to see Bruton put on the season-ending IR list here in the coming days.

This leaves the Broncos even more thin at an already banged up position on their defense. Both starting safeties (Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward) missed Sunday's game with injuries, and reserve safeties Josh Bush and Shiloh Keo just joined the team a few weeks ago.

Kubiak did pass along some good news about the Broncos banged-up starting safeties - T.J. Ward will practice for the first time since injuring his ankle against the New England Patriots a few weeks back. Kubiak said that he'll be listed as "day-to-day."

Safety Darian Stewart was held out of the game Sunday with a hamstring injury, but the extra day off this week should help him get healthier and hopefully get back to practice sometime this week. Kubiak says that they will take a look at him on Wednesday.