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Published on 09/19/2011 at Mon Sep 19 18:44.
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Denver Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal (19) is helped off the field after an injury in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The Denver Broncos receiving depth just took another hit.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, slot receiver Eddie Royal will miss up to four weeks with a groin injury while “receiving” tight end Julius Thomas will also miss at least two weeks with a high ankle sprain.

This leaves the Broncos with Eric Decker and Matthew Willis as the only healthy active receivers on the roster. Head Coach John Fox said Monday that reserve quarterback Tim Tebow will not move to receiver to fill the void, as he did on Sunday when Royal went down in the first quarter. Fox said Tebow played well but will stay a quarterback, and the team will look to other receiving options.

Second year receiver Demaryius Thomas (Achilles/finger) could be ready to play as early as this week (although that is unlikely), as well as veteran Brandon Lloyd (groin). Rookie tight end Virgil Green and fullback Spencer Larsen each lined up as a receiver at one point in Sunday’s game, and remain emergency options for Denver.

If the position does not heal quickly, the Broncos may also activate undrafted rookie receiver Eron Riley from the practice squad. Riley had a nice preseason, catching six passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. If the team moved up Riley however, they would have to make room on the roster, making his activation a last resort.

In other injury news, defensive tackle Ty Warren was placed on injured reserve last week. Meanwhile, linebacker D.J. Williams (elbow) may be ready to go in Week 4 while cornerback Champ Bailey (hamstring), defensive end Elvis Dumervil (shoulder), receiver Brandon Lloyd (groin), running back Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and defensive tackle Marcus Thomas (pectoral) all remain questionable for next week’s game against the Titans. Fox said all four players are on a day-to-day status.

The Broncos need to get rid of the injury bug that has plagued them early on in the 2011 NFL season.  We wish all the injured Broncos a speedy recovery.

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  • Anonymous

    Not a bad idea, but I suppose they will activate someone from the practice squad.  They could do a heck of a lot worse than TO.

    Why does it seem this team has had way more than it’s fair share of groin and hamstring pulls.  I was hoping with the new staff they would change out Tuten.  Probably not his fault, but every year it’s the same thing.  One after another.

  • T-Money

    So who pissed off the Colorado Sports Gods???  Huh?!?!  Show yourself!

  • Anonymous

    All over the league we are seeing these injuries. the workouts they did on their own did not work on football flexibility.

  • Jon

    Over Randy Moss?

  • Anonymous

    I think he’s got more left in the tank.  A little more motivated, too.  

  • Anonymous

    Agree, but it’s been happening to us for years.

  • Jon

    Probably, he Wants somebody to want him, Moss just walked away…