The Denver Broncos suffered a slight setback on Friday with running back Samaje Perine coming up with a knee issue that held him out of practice. He is questionable now for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. He has been a very important piece of the Broncos’ two-minute hurry-up offense this year, so we’ll need to see where he is come game day.
Overall, however, the team has been incredibly healthy this season. That hasn’t been the case in any December since at least 2018, so the turnaround has been quite remarkable. I wonder how Loren Landow is doing.
When asked about the team’s health, Head Coach Sean Payton credited VP of Player Health and Performance Beau Lowery on the improvement, saying, “We’ve been healthy. This gets back to the dreaded jinx that we had that I kept reading about from you guys with injuries. Beau [Lowery] and his staff have all done a great job with the strength program. It’s paying dividends.”
I would tend to agree with that given the immediate turnaround on overall in-season health in 2023 compared to each of the last five seasons that saw the Broncos leading the league in starting players ending up in injured reserve. That will hopefully give them a competitive edge as they hope to make a late season push into the playoffs.
Here is your full Broncos-Chargers practice report for Friday.
Broncos injury report
Chargers injury report
BOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR- Indicates not injury related; *- Team did not practice / report is an estimation.
STATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full—100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play