Further diagnosis on Garett Bolles: High ankle sprain/deep bone bruise. Out a couple weeks per source. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 18, 2017
Initially, it looked like Bolles suffered a serious ankle injury just going off his reaction and being placed on the cart. He was also seen in a walking boot and on crutches after the game. So the Broncos, the fans, and likely Bolles feared the worst. Thankfully, Bolles escaped major injury and will only miss a handful of games.
He is out for this weekend’s game against the Buffalo Bills and likely also out for the Broncos big divisional matchup against the Oakland Raiders in two weeks. They, however, do have an early bye week after the Raiders game, so Bolles could be good to go by the time the Broncos take the field in week six against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football.
In the meantime, look for Donald Stephenson and/or Alan Barbre to replace Bolles at left tackle in the starting lineup. Stephenson replaced Bolles immediately but Barbe eventually filled in and played snaps there as well. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and if the Broncos make any roster moves to sure up that position going forward.
Thankfully for Bolles and the Broncos, this will only be a few week deal. High ankle sprains are tricky, but I’d target week six against the New York Giants as the point where Bolles will be ready to go once again.