The Denver Broncos just can't get out of the injury bug's crosshairs. On Sunday, after missing Week 1 with a shoulder sprain suffered just days before, Broncos' No. 1 wide receiver Courtland Sutton was active for the teams Week 2 tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
As a game-time decision, Sutton played well at not-quite 100 percent, with the exception of one drop that slipped through his hands and into the waiting arms of Steelers' cornerback Joe Haden. As Haden returned the interception, Sutton frantically tried to chase him down and tackle him.
In so doing, Sutton suffered a knee injury and wouldn't return. Now, on Monday morning, a concerning report emerged from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and James Palmer on Sutton's knee.
"Drew Lock’s injury isn’t the only reason for concern: #Broncos talented WR Courtland Sutton is feared to have suffered a significant knee injury, sources tell me and James Palmer. He’s scheduled for an MRI today," Rapoport tweeted.
That report was followed up shortly after with another devastating report from 9NEWS' Mike Klis. Sutton is done for the year.
"Per sources: Courtland Sutton tore up his knee. Done for the year," Klis tweeted Monday morning.
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The Broncos have been decimated by the injury bug — and I don't use that D-word lightly. This team has suffered serious injuries to its best defensive player (Von Miller) and to its best offensive player (Sutton). Just within the first two weeks of the season.
That's two Pro Bowlers down. Then add in Pro Bowl running back Phillip Lindsay, and Pro Bowl cornerback A.J. Bouye, and it almost becomes a comedy of injuries. Only, there's nothing funny about it.
Adding insult to injury, on the second series in Pittsburgh, starting quarterback Drew Lock went down with a shoulder injury and would not return. Literally, every injury the Broncos have suffered has been to their few Pro Bowl players and the one guy upon whom the hopes and destiny of the franchise depend. Initial reports say Lock's injury is a 2-6 recovery.
With that context, it's a near-miracle that Vic Fangio had the Broncos in position to beat two playoff-caliber opponents in back-to-back weeks to open the season. Yes, the Broncos came up small in crunch time in both instances but credit is due Fangio and his staff for fielding a competitive product when the injury bug has robbed them of their best players this early.
Chalk it up to the canceled offseason and preseason, or simply to bad luck. But one thing's for sure. If the Broncos are going to make anything of this season, they're going to have to manufacture their own luck and come together as a sum of their parts.
As the cliché goes: If it weren't for bad luck, we wouldn't have any at all....
Screw 2020. This year sucks.
Fed up with the injuries. Enough!
This one hurts as much as Miller for me. Both were ready for big seasons. Plus Sutton is fast becoming my favorite player on the Broncos. So unfortunate.
looks like the protest karma keeps coming home to roost
The only thing you can look forward to is growth of young players... That is all this season is about. Terrible
Will the bad news ever stop coming? James quits. Then, there is a rash of injuries taking out the best players on offense and defense.