The Denver Broncos are the latest team to fall victim to COVID-19. The Broncos are placing receiver Jerry Jeudy and linebacker Bradley Chubb on their reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday’s road game against the Chargers. Both players will miss Sunday’s game. Broncos coach Vic Fangio said that receiver Courtland Sutton may also be placed on their COVID-19 list prior to Sunday’s game.
Along with Jeudy and Chubb, Sutton would be another critical losses for the Broncos, who at 7-8 will need to win their final two games and get plenty of help in order to have a chance at qualifying for the playoffs. Jeudy and Sutton have combined to catch 90 passes for 1,140 yards this season. An ankle injury has sidelined Chubb — a Pro Bowler for the first time in 2020 — for eight games.
Denver is expected to start quarterback Drew Lock at quarterback with Teddy Bridgewater dealing with a concussion. Lock went 15 of 22 for 153 yards in last week’s 17-13 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. After going 4-1 as a starter during his rookie season, Lock was just 4-9 as Denver’s starting quarterback last season. Without Jeudy and possibly Sutton, Lock will likely lean on tight end Noah Fant, and running backs Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams. Gordon and Williams combined to run for 137 yards on 31 carries in Denver’s 28-13 win over Los Angeles back in Week 12.
Like the Broncos, the Chargers are also in the race to secure one of the AFC’s final wild card berths. Los Angeles is 8-7 after consecutive losses to the Chiefs and Texans.
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