The Broncos might play the remainder of the yr with out the fixed presence of middle Matt Paradis.
Whereas cross defending within the first half of Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Houston Texans, Paradis sustained a fractured proper fibula when quarterback Case Keenum was hit and fell into the again of his leg.
Paradis instantly grabbed his leg, was helped to his ft and carted to the locker room.
It was the primary time Paradis had missed a regular-season snap; he entered the sport with 3,850 consecutive snaps, the second-longest lively streak within the NFL.
“He’s going to be out for some time,” coach Vance Joseph.
The Broncos have solely seven video games remaining and Paradis would want to stay on the lively roster to be eligible to play in December. Inserting him on injured reserve would equal a minimal eight-week layoff.
“It’s an enormous loss, clearly, dropping one in every of our captains and a man who’s performed loads of soccer for us,” Joseph mentioned. “However we’ve succesful backups.”
Beginning proper guard Connor McGovern moved to middle and Eli Wilkinson got here off the bench to play proper guard.
“It simply stinks,” mentioned proper deal with Jared Veldheer, who returned from a four-game absence (knee). “The preliminary feeling proper now could be for Matt the particular person. He’s a wise, gritty man.”
Mentioned Keenum: “High-notch, first-class man. I’m hurting for him.”
Wilkinson performed principally offensive deal with within the preseason however mentioned he had been splitting observe snaps between guard and deal with.
“It undoubtedly took a few snaps to get myself adjusted from standing on the sidelines,” he mentioned. “As soon as I used to be within the groove, it felt good.”
Paradis is scheduled to be a free agent in March.
Harris annoyed. Broncos cornerback Chris Harris wasn’t across the soccer a lot, failing to interrupt up a cross and ending with solely three tackles.
“He solely threw at me twice,” mentioned Harris, referring to Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. “I delight myself on making game-changing performs. Like final yr, I’m simply on the market (not being challenged).”
Harris wasn’t in protection on receiver DeAndre Hopkins’ 16-yard landing catch within the second quarter. Cornerback Adam Jones began on Hopkins initially and appeared handy him off to security Justin Simmons. However there was a transparent miscommunication.
Davis performs damage. Broncos linebacker Todd Davis made a game-high 10 tackles regardless of sustaining a leg harm on the sport’s first drive.
“I don’t actually know what occurred, however I banged up my ankle and shin early within the recreation and tried to battle by means of it,” Davis mentioned.
The Broncos managed Davis’ snaps after the primary drive, taking him out in sure dime-package conditions, leaving rookie Josey Jewell as the one linebacker on the sector.
“They had been attempting to avoid wasting my ankle and Josey is superb in dime, too, so we had been capable of change off,” Davis mentioned.
Footnotes. In his first begin changing Demaryius Thomas, rookie receiver Courtland Sutton caught three passes for 53 yards, but in addition had a penalty. “I believed Courland was superb,” Joseph mentioned. “He made some rookie errors however he’ll recover from that. He’s taking part in extra downs so getting in higher form goes to be (huge) for him. He’s going to be a particular participant for us.” … Security Su’a Cravens made his Broncos debut and made three tackles. He was additionally known as for a holding penalty that allowed the Texans convert a third-and-11. … Keenum didn’t throw an interception in a recreation for the primary time this yr. … Linebacker Bradley Chubb had one sack, upping his season complete to eight.