Posted Mon Sep 19th by Jon Heath
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.