Sunday, February 5, 2023

Broncos put defenders Stranad, Ozemudia on COVID-19 list

England, Colo. (NWN) — The Denver Broncos placed two more players on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday, 24 hours after vaccination backup quarterback Drew Locke went down the list with a successful transition.

Inside linebacker Justin Stranad, who went on to play a big role in Denver’s defense along with IR starters Josie Jewell and Alexander Johnson, went on the reserve/COVID-19 list with cornerback Michael Ozemudia, a Were on the verge of returning from drag. Hamstrings have sidelined him since August.

The Broncos also activated guard Neten Muti from the reserve/COVID-19 list with a roster exemption amid a flurry of transactions.

He placed right guard Graham Glasgow on the IR. Glasgow broke a leg in the final game of the first half on Sunday in Dallas.

Broncos signing guard/center Austin Schlotman from his practice squad to the active roster and added Casey Tucker and internal linebacker Avery Williamson to his practice squad.

Schlottmann was one of four backup O-linemen. That ended Denver’s 30-16 win over the Cowboys with a starting center point from Lloyd Cushenberry III due to a rash of injuries.

In the end, the team overtook Duke Dawson Jr. and released wide receiver David Moore and tight end Caleb Wilson from their practice squad. Dawson had already been activated 24 hours before the physically disabled display list.

That’s 10 moves altogether for the Broncos (5-4), who host the Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) on Sunday.

During the team’s flight to Dallas on Saturday, Locke learned someone close to him had the virus and was isolated and tested when the team landed. His test came positive.

Because he has been vaccinated, Locke is eligible to return whenever he has two negative tests 24 hours apart, unlike Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who said he was feeling well last week, But had to sit outside until at least November 13 because he was not vaccinated.

Locke’s transition briefly caused a scare in the Broncos when starter Teddy Bridgewater, considered a close contact, had to test and didn’t get the green light until minutes before the warmup began.

Coach Vic Fangio said he thought he might have another quarterback brawl on his hands, as he did last year, when all of his QBs against New Orleans were ruled out due to COVID-19.

Instead, Bridgewater helped the Broncos to their biggest win since Super Bowl 50, strangling heavy favorites the Cowboys, who remained locked in for the final four minutes.


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