The Denver Broncos suffered a huge letdown Monday night, dropping a very winnable game to the Tennessee Titans, but the hits from that game keep on coming here in the days after.
First, we saw A.J. Bouye go down with an injury in the game that turned out to be a dislocated shoulder. The good news is that there won’t be any surgery needed for that injury, but the bad news is he’ll still be out several weeks to recover.
#Broncos CB AJ Bouye’s dislocated shoulder underwent tests yesterday, and source said no surgery is planned. It’s on to rehab, and Bouye should be out just a few weeks. That likely means he’s headed to Injured Reserve, from which he can return after just three weeks.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2020
The Broncos placed him on injured reserve, but Bouye could return in as little as three weeks under the new IR rules for 2020.
That freed up the Broncos to call up De’Vante Bausby from the practice squad to fill out the depth at cornerback for the Broncos in the meantime.
The other player the Broncos lost during the game on Monday was running back Phillip Lindsay who suffered a turf toe injury. Turf toes are one of those things that will likely end up nagging Lindsay all season long, but in the meantime he should see the sideline for a few weeks to let the worst of it heal a bit.
#Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay, who is battling turf toe, is still receiving a second opinion. But don’t be surprised to see him miss the next few weeks, just based on the nature of his injury and the position he plays. But it’s not considered long-term.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2020
While injured reserve isn’t out of the question for Lindsay here, I would expect him to remain on the active roster as he works his way back from this. If they choose to sit him for three weeks, then they could call up undrafted rookie running back LeVante Bellamy to ensure they have the depth they need at the position. They may adjust their roster to get Bellamy activated anyway.
The injury bug is biting Denver hard here early in the season, but so far the only major loss has been to Von Miller who will begin his rehab back from surgery soon. If all goes well, Miller might be available to return late this season.