The Broncos won’t have returning Diontae Spencer (COVID-19 / reserve list) and special teams time leader Trey Marshall (shin) on Sunday against New Orleans.
Special teams coordinator Tom McMahon said before Saturday’s practice session that the candidates to fill in for Spencer corner-back are Bryce Callahan (likely kicking), Phillip Lindsay (kicking) and receivers Tyrie Cleveland (kicking) and KJ Hamler (both ).
When Spencer missed three games earlier this year with a shoulder injury, Hamler / Callahan kicked back and Hamler / Cleveland kicked off.
Coach Vic Fangio said Marshall’s injury sustained against Miami will not last. He leads the Broncos with 228 special team photos.
“It’s the next guy,” said McMahon when asked who will replace Marshall’s snaps. Josey (Jewell) did well in (kick protection) and (De’Vante) stepped in on kick coverage and kick return. They may not be the same players, but guys have to come up and play. “
Back to work. After the cancellation of Friday’s practice, the Broncos were back on the practice field on Saturday-afternoon.
The Broncos put reserve quarterback Jeff Driskel and Spencer on the COVID-19 / reserve list on Thursday and Friday, respectively, and Fangio said it was the Broncos’ decision not to practice Friday.
“The league said on Thursday that it was fine to practice; at that point we just had the one (positive), ”he said. “I just felt like we had positive tests for two consecutive days, we didn’t have to practice even though the league said we could.”
During the three minutes that the media was allowed to watch the workout, receiver Jerry Jeudy (ankle / Achilles) wore a helmet and did some light individual drilling. Jeudy is listed as questionable.
Fangio said Callahan (ankle), right guard Graham Glasgow (calf) and right tackle Demar Dotson (calf / hand) will all play.
Footnotes. Saints departed tackle Terron Armstead announced on Twitter on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and that he will miss Sunday’s game, along with left guard Andrus Peat (concussion). … The Saints are among the top 10 in the league in both kick / trap cover / return and McMahon saluted punt Thomas Morstead (39.7 yard net average). “He’s a directional gambler, pushing it 45 yards to the edge on both sides, he’s done it all his career, is very, very consistent and in my opinion he is in the top five in the history of directional punting. game, ”McMahon said. … Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur on last week’s Broncos game against Miami (189 yards high season): “The runs worked and it makes sense in most situations to run the ball. I don’t know many o linemen who prefer block over run block. I believe in running the ball and if we can effectively run the ball early it will help us through the entire game. “