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Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers Saturday injury report: Kerr and Crick are out

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The Broncos will be down two defensive linemen on Monday Night.

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The Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers released their final week one injury report on Saturday and both teams will be down a few players.

The Broncos will be without defensive end Jared Crick and nose tackle Zach Kerr for Monday Night’s game versus the division rival Los Angeles Chargers.

“Injury update: [DE] Zach Kerr is going to be out. [RB Devontae] Booker is out and [QB] Paxton [Lynch] is out. [DE] Jared Crick is going to be out and [NT] Kyle Peko is going to be questionable.”

That means the defensive line will be a bit thin as they prepare to take on Melvin Gordon and the Chargers offensive attack. This led to reporters to ask Head Coach Vance Joseph if they would make a move to bring up someone from the Practice Squad(Tyrique Jarrett?) to provide depth this weekend. Joseph didn’t rule it out but seemed wary of releasing someone with the potential risk of losing them to another team.

“That’s always an issue when you bring someone up, you have to expose someone else to the outside teams in the league. That’s always a possibility.”

Well, a few hours later, it was announced that the Broncos waived nose tackle Kyle Peko to make room on the roster for someone. No corresponding roster move has been announced as of yet, but Tyrique Jarrett seems like the most likely addition.

Now it did seem like veteran Jared Crick would be available for this game earlier in the week, but seemed to suffer a setback after Wednesday’s practice session. Joseph indicated that they decided to give him another week of rest and hope that helps him moving forward.

“I think Jared is getting better, but he’s not well enough to play a football game right now. In our opinion, if we put him out there this week, which we could probably, it would hurt us moving down the road. As a group discussion we thought resting him this week would help us down the road with Jared Crick.”

Meanwhile, veteran defensive end Derek Wolfe and former second-round pick Adam Gotsis look to be all set for Monday’s night game. Look for both to get significant playing time as well.

As for the Chargers, they will be without their 2017 first-round pick, wide receiver Mike Williams for Monday Night’s game.

Denver Broncos Injury Report

Player Position Injury Thursday Friday Saturday Game Status
Player Position Injury Thursday Friday Saturday Game Status
Devontae Booker Running back Wrist DNP DNP DNP
Jamaal Charles Running back Knee DNP FULL FULL
Zach Kerr Nose Tackle Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
Paxton Lynch Quarterback Shoulder(Right) DNP DNP DNP OUT
Aqib Talib Cornerback Achilles DNP FULL DNP
Jared Crick Defensive End Back LIMITED DNP DNP OUT
Adam Gotsis Defensive End Shoulder LIMITED LIMITED FULL
Kyle Peko Nose Tackle Foot LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Derek Wolfe Defensive End Ankle LIMITED FULL FULL
Riley Dixon Punter Hip(Right) FULL FULL FULL
Matt Paradis Center Elbow FULL FULL FULL
Demaryius Thomas Wide receiver Hamstring FULL FULL FULL

Los Angeles Chargers Injury Report

Player Position Injury Thursday Friday Saturday Game Status
Player Position Injury Thursday Friday Saturday Game Status
Mike Williams Wide receiver Back DNP DNP DNP OUT
Jeremiah Attaochu Defensive end Hamstring LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Dontrelle Inman Wide receiver Groin LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Sean McGrath Tight end Knee LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Tre Boston Safety Calf Not Lister LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE