SAN DIEGO - For the second time in two games, a Denver Bronco was put in the back of an ambulance for a trip to the local hospital.
Left tackle Russell Okung, who had two costly holding penalties in the second half of the Broncos’ 21-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers Thursday night, was taken by cart from the visiting locker room at Qualcomm stadium to an ambulance about a half hour after the game. He was quickly released from the hospital as he was cleared to fly back to Denver, although he did not accompany the team on its charter flight.
Okung was hooked up to an IV as he was carted to the ambulance. The Broncos announced Okung was experiencing concussion-like symptoms.
On Sunday, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak was taken by ambulance to a Denver-area hospital after he fell ill following his team’s 23-16 loss to Atlanta. Kubiak was later diagnosed with a complex migraine and was ordered by doctors to sit out the week. He will return Monday.
Signs of a running game
It wasn’t until the second half, and it wasn’t until after they opened up their passing game, but the Broncos finally got their running game going.
Devontae Booker, a rookie, had 46 yards on five carries, including a 17-yard burst. C.J. Anderson had 37 yards on 10 carries, and another 34 yards on four catches. But he also three big plays called back by penalties – a 12-yard run, a 15-yard run and a 20-yard touchdown reception.
That’s 47 yards and a touchdown on three plays that were nullified.
“I just play the game, I don’t let the stripes affect me,’’ Anderson said. “There was three of them. If I got the ball five more times then I would have made five more plays, that’s how I look at it. And if they would have called those five back I would have continued to try and make plays.’’
Latimer, Sanders hurt
The Broncos lost receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a bruised left hip suffered after he made a 6-yard catch with 5:45 left in the game.
“I’ll be fine,’’ Sanders said afterwards.
Kickoff returner Cody Latimer suffered a concussion in the first half and didn’t return.
Miller again NFL sack leader
It was the type of sack that almost shouldn’t have counted, but Von Miller has lost so many half sacks over the years he doesn’t have to apologize.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers scrambled out of bounds for no gain in the second quarter. Miller came over and shoved Rivers to the ground well after the play was over and could have easily been flagged for unnecessary roughness. Instead, he got a zero-yeard sack.
Miller now has at least half a sack in each of the Broncos’ six games this season and he leads the NFL with 7.5, just ahead of Buffalo’s Lorenzo Alexander, who has 7.0.
The Chargers dominated the Broncos in the first half in first downs (11-2) and yards (173-60). The Broncos piled up numbers after they fell behind, 21-3 in the fourth quarter. In the second half, the Broncos whipped the Chargers in yards (244-92) and first downs (14-5). …
Demaryius Thomas had a tough day. He was targeted 10 times but only had five catches for 35 yards. He dropped one pass and fumbled the ball away at the San Diego 27 with 3:35 remaining.