Top Injuries To Impact Broncos 2020 Season
Su’a Cravens - Su’a Cravens was acquired in the spring, and is a former second round draft pick out of USC. Cravens went down with a knee injury that required surgery. This leads him to miss the entire 2018 season. While Cravens was not going to start over Justin Simmons and Darian Stewart, he was next in line if anything was to happen. He would also see a role on special teams. Cravens depth will be missed for Denver this year, and a fresh start in Denver after struggling in Washington was looking to do good for both sides.
Jared Veldheer - Jared Veldheer suffered a concussion early in the season, which puts an experienced offensive lineman on the shelf for at least a few weeks. Billy Turner was the lineman that Denver turned to, and this was also an offensive line that needed to improve from last season. They landed Veldheer in the offseason, and he quickly jumped ahead in the right tackle position battle during the summer. Look for Veldheer to come back after injury and jump right back into the swing of things. With a rookie running back in Denver, they will need to produce a good line otherwise things could take a turn in that department.
Top 5 Injuries in Broncos Franchise History
Elvis Dumervil had a pectoral injury, that led him to miss a season. He was one of the better Denver defensive players over the last decade, and was part of those very good defensive teams. Dumervil has recently retired from the NFL after floating around with a few teams, but never quite playing like the guy he was in Denver. C.J. Anderson had a torn meniscus back in 2016, and it caused him to miss 11 months. He returned for one season, but later on left Denver to go to Carolina. Anderson had produced, but his efficiency wasn’t as notable as other backs around the league. Ryan Clady played nine seasons in the NFL, and is a former first round pick. He suffered a Lisfranc injury back in 2015, which caused him to miss the entire season. He also tore his ACL back in 2015, and is just one of those guys who took hit after hit in the league. While nine years is a long time, you have to think he only played around six total years. This injury links to the next one as Bailey suffered from a milder version of a Lisfranc injury, which is in the foot. Bailey was one of the top defensive backs in Denver, and a fan favorite. It was tough to see him miss time, and it did hurt the defense a bit with his playmaking abilities. Dan Koppen tore his ACL in 2013 during the offseason, which did not help the Broncos offensive line heading into that season. He was their starting center that season, which is always a huge loss when you lose a starting offensive lineman heading into the year.