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Denver Broncos doubtless down three defensive starters vs. Bengals

Denver Broncos doubtless down three defensive starters vs. Bengals

Dre’Mont Jones (foot), Kenny Younger (concussion), Malik Reed (COVID-19) did not observe this week. The Broncos partially remoted No. 3 QB Brett Rypien.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — For his or her huge sport in opposition to Joe Burrow and the high-powered Cincinnati Bengals, the Broncos determine to be with out three key defensive starters.

Essentially the most important loss is defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones, who’s formally listed as “uncertain” with a foot damage.

Jones is coming off one of the best sport of his profession as he had 2.0 sacks in a 38-10 win in opposition to the Detroit Lions final week, one other sort out for loss and a fourth-and-short cross deflection.

Jones leads the Denver protection with 5.5 sacks. Second on the group with 5.0 sacks is exterior linebacker Malik Reed, who stays in COVID-19 protocols after testing optimistic final Saturday.

Reed missed the sport in opposition to the Lions, and whereas the league has eased the return pointers for gamers who check optimistic, it doesn’t seem doubtless he might be cleared in time to play in opposition to the Bengals.

RELATED: Malik Reed out with COVID-19 whereas Bryce Callahan returns

The Broncos are additionally not anticipated to have beginning inside linebacker Kenny Younger, who wants one other day or two to be cleared from concussion protocol.

The Broncos are anticipated to offer particular groups standout Jonas Griffith his first NFL begin at inside linebacker in opposition to the Bengals.

DeShawn Williams is the probably alternative for Jones because the beginning defensive lineman, and Reed was changed final week by rookie Jonathon Cooper.

The Bengals rank No. 8 in scoring with 27.2 factors a sport. The Broncos and Bengals every deliver 7-6 data into the sport that has them in a five-way tie for the ultimate two AFC wild-card playoff spots.

Rypien semi-isolated in emergency

Because the COVID-19 omicron variant spreads from Los Angeles to Cleveland to Washington, the Broncos have taken the preventative step of getting No. 3 quarterback Brett Rypien avoid group headquarters aside from observe. Rypien participates in conferences nearly.

“And when he was out right here on the sector, he was underneath strict orders to not be close to anyone,’’ stated Broncos head coach Vic Fangio.

RELATED: Broncos confront better restrictions in mild of COVID-19 unfold

The Broncos infamously performed a sport in opposition to New Orleans final 12 months with none of their 4 quarterbacks — No. 3 QB Jeff Driskel examined optimistic and the opposite three (starter Drew Lock, Rypien and observe squad QB Blake Bortles) have been all disqualified as shut contacts.

The Broncos’ high two quarterbacks this season have been Teddy Bridgewater and Lock. Lock already examined optimistic earlier this season and missed two video games.

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