Broncos dealing with at least 7 critical injuries prior to Chargers matchup

The Denver Broncos will look to rebound from a disappointing loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, but they’ll do so without at least a number of critical players.

The Broncos reported that eight players will miss Sunday’s game and at least seven of those injuries are to players who would have been otherwise relied upon to contribute against the Chargers, according to a report from Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.

Wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders, Isaiah McKenzie and Cody Latimer are all out along with offensive linemen Billy Turner, Donald Stephenson and Menelik Watson. In addition, the Broncos placed linebacker Corey Nelson on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Backup quarterback Paxton Lynch was also listed as out, but he’s been out since suffering an injury during the preseason.

Ultimately, the Broncos had to call up Jerroll Garcia-Williams from the practice squad to the active roster to replace Nelson. They’re also considering calling up an offensive lineman from the practice squad.

Regardless, they’ll be severely shorthanded against the Chargers in a game that they need to begin closing ground between the Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West after their Thursday night loss to the Oakland Raiders.

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