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3 Injuries that Will Greatly Affect Broncos' Final Roster Math

Sometimes the roster arithmetic can be painful — even more so due to injuries.

When a player is lost due to injury before the season starts, there is more impact than just the loss of talent. The loss influences the front office's roster decisions. 

The Denver Broncos are about to feel that pain. The team will lack flexibility when setting its final 53-man roster because of three specific players currently injured. 

Those missing players will cause a significant ripple effect across the Broncos' final roster. A few really good players will be let go when the team has to make final cuts to get down to the final 53 guys. 

Who are these three injured players causing the ripple effect? Let's dive in. 

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Denver Broncos linebacker Randy Gregory (5) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center.
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Denver Broncos general manager George Paton and head coach Nathaniel Hackett during mini camp drills at the UCHealth Training Center.

The tight end position could lose a good player as well. Albert Okwuegbunam and Greg Dulcich are ostensibly safe. However, Eric Tomlinson nor Eric Saubert do not have a roster spot locked up.

The Broncos would have liked to keep four tight ends, especially in the wake of Patrick’s injury, but they may not have that option. Tomlinson is a good blocker at tight end, and can play fullback. The Broncos invested free-agent money this offseason to bring him to the Mile High City.

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It would be easy to predict that Tomlinson wins the final spot, but Saubert has been one of the stars of training camp thus far. Coaches have raved about Saubert's rapport with Russell Wilson.

The extra work the veteran tight end has put in has made him a favorite target in practice for Wilson. That timing and trust give Saubert a huge boost in his push to make the roster. Losing either Tomlinson or Saubert would hurt.

Teams always have tough decisions to make when the preseason is over, but these three injuries make the job the Broncos face much more difficult. There will be some disappointment when the cuts are made on August 30.


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