The Broncos’ already long injury list grew by three starts during Sunday’s 26-0 win over the New York Jets, further reducing the team’s depth.
Receivers KJ Hamler (knee), right guard Graham Glasgow (knee) and left guard Dalton Risner (leg) were injured and did not return.
Hammler landed awkwardly while attempting to catch a downfield throw from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater late in the first half. To reach the locker room, Hamler needed the help of medical staff.
Glasgow, who had started the week earlier after missing Week 2 due to an irregular heartbeat, walked off the field and tried several pass safety sets on the side. However, he did not return and was replaced by Netane Muti.
Reisner was sidelined late in the third quarter and was replaced by rookie Quinn Meinerz, who made his NFL regular season debut.
“We need to know more as the week goes on,” said coach Vic Fangio.
Regarding losing both starting guards, left tackle Garrett Bowles said: “I hope they recover quickly. They are big pieces of this offensive line and without them, it’s going to be tough, but Muti and Meinerz came and provided the lanes for this thing to close.”
Simmons’ streak ends. Safety Justin Simmons entered on Sunday and played 3,328 consecutive defensive snaps in the first week of 2018. But after watching the last series of Jets, the series came to an end.
“It felt good in the conditions – we obviously had a pretty good lead with limited time and if there was any time to miss, it would be it,” said Simmons, who intercepted in the fourth quarter. “I’m glad it’s over. I felt like it was a little individualistic. Now I don’t need to talk about it and we can focus on the team a little more.
In short. Defensive end Dremont Jones was fined $6,347 by the NFL for a quarterback hit on Trevor Lawrence of Jacksonville last week. … During the game’s first televised timeout, the Broncos honored former quarterback coach Greg Knapp, who died this summer after being hit by a car while cycling in California. Knapp’s family was identified on the video screen. Knapp was entering his first year in the Jets’ coaching staff. …fullback/tight end Andrew Beck was active in 1-2 weeks after the bruise.