By Rick Brown
After an amazing win against the New Orleans Saints (4-6), the Denver Broncos (7-3) enter their bye week looking to get healthy. The Broncos’ secondary hopes that the time off will heal Aqib Talib’s ailing back. An extra week of rest will also help their front seven as Derek Wolfe continues to heal from an elbow injury.
Broncos’ secondary set to get key playmaker back following bye
Talib returned to practice on Tuesday. Fans and players may breath easier now that Talib is at least practicing. Looking ahead at the schedule for week 12, the Kansas City Chiefs come to Denver for a matchup on Sunday Night Football. The Chiefs have won their last 18 of 21 regular season games, this is a NFL best. The Chiefs continue to find ways to win and next week’s showdown in Denver will be a good game. The Broncos’ secondary will appreciate the added athleticism that Talib can provide. All indications point to his return for the week 12 matchup.
Without Talib in the lineup, Denver has allowed 248 passing yards per game. Before Talib was sidelined with his injury, the Broncos were averaging 167 passing yard per game. Let’s hope the Broncos take it easy with Talib’s recovery, so there are no setbacks or additional injuries. Meanwhile, it’s still unclear when Wolfe will return to the lineup. His eventual return will undoubtably help a rush defense that is ranked near the bottom of the league.
A bye is the perfect time for a team to get healthy. Before going into last week’s game with the Saints, several key players were listed on the injury report. One notable player was Trevor Siemian who was sacked six times and also hit on numerous plays.
After the game on Sunday with the Saints, Siemian received an injection for his shoulder. While Siemian continues to battle soreness in his non-throwing shoulder, it appears the injury is not too serious and he is expected to play when the Chiefs come to Denver. Another key contributor, DeMarcus Ware, plans on getting more involved with the defense.
After his return to the line up following a broken arm, Ware has seen a small number of snaps per game. Now that he has had a few weeks to get back into football shape and his arm is ready for contact, Ware has been informed he should expect his snap count to increase after the bye week. Hopefully he can return to his earlier season form when he posted three sacks in the first three games of the season.
Other than two key injured players, the Broncos appear to be relatively healthy and the team is ready for a key divisional showdown next Sunday night against the Chiefs.