When the Broncos report to the facility on Wednesday morning, they will likely start life without linebacker Von Miller, whose ankle injury late in Tuesday’s practice is expected to cost him the entire season.
Miller’s injury is doubly significant as Bradley Chubb (ACL) hasn’t fully exercised since August 28. The Broncos have expressed optimism that Chubb will be available against Tennessee on Monday, but coach Vic Fangio has said Chubb is on the line.
So who is there?
The quick move off the roster would be seventh-round rookie Derrek Tuzska, who was canceled on Saturday and signed with the exhibition team on Sunday.
Miller’s injury will create an immediate starting opportunity for Jeremiah Attaochu, who filled in for Chubb last year.
At this stage, the COVID-19 protocols would make it likely that if a veteran is signed up, it will be after Monday’s game so he has time to go to town, undergo tests, and then be physically issued by his team to become.
Here are some names to consider:
Team 2019: Los Angeles Rams.
Statistics: In 156 games (150 starts), he has 91 1/2 sacks, including four double-digit sack years for Green Bay. He joined the Rams in 2019 after a decade with the Packers and had eight sacks in 13 games (614 snaps).
Comment: If the Broncos go this route, Matthews should be at the top of their list. He showed last year that he can still get to the quarterback and play a lot of snaps.
Team 2019: Arizona and Kansas City.
Statistics: In 244 games (226 starts), Suggs has 139 career sacks, including seven double-digit pocket seasons for Baltimore. After 16 years with the Ravens, he signed with Arizona and had 5 1/2 sacks in 13 games before Kansas City took him from waivers and won a Super Bowl ring.
Comment: Suggs (1.85 meters tall, 265 pounds) is the biggest name on the board along with Matthews. There is no doubt that he would be a quick study and provide leadership and potential production.
2019 team: Tennessee.
Statistics: In 155 games (126 starts), he has 100 1/2 sacks, including five double-digit pocket seasons for Miami. After a decade with the Dolphins, Wake had 2 1/2 sacks in nine games for Tennessee (195 snaps) and was placed on the injured reserve on November 26.
Comment: Just two years ago, Wake played 517 snaps in 14 starts for the dolphins, so if he’s healthy he could have something in the tank like a situational pass rusher.
2019 team: Arizona.
Statistics: In 129 games (86 starts) for Atlanta, Houston and Arizona, Reed has 22 1/2 sacks. His career high was six sacks in 2011 as a rookie for Houston. Last year, he bagged one in nine games for the Cardinals.
Comment: Reed checks the correct size box for an outdoor Broncos linebacker (1.85 yards, 254 pounds). He doesn’t have much production, so he would be more of a depth game than expected.
Team 2019: Seattle.
Statistics: Ansah, a first round through Detroit in 2013 (fifth overall), has 50 1/2 sacks in 91 regular season games. Last year with Seattle, he had 2 1/2 sacks in 11 games (338 snaps).
Comment: Ansah is listed at 1.85 meters and 275 pounds, and the experience is defensive, but the Broncos should investigate him about playing a situational edge rusher role.