ENGLEWOOD—Michael Schofield started 16 games last season at right tackle.
He played practically the entire offseason at left tackle.
He will start at right guard Thursday night for the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers in the rematch of Super Bowl 50 before a 9NEWS and nationally televised audience.
“We think he’s earned that opportunity,’’ said Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak. “He’s had a really good camp, played everywhere. He settled down here the last two weeks and played the guard position.’’
Schofield may have earned it, but he also became the right guard by default. First Ty Sambrailo went down with a right elbow injury and then Darrion Weems suffered a concussion that cost him to miss a crucial week in the preseason.
Sambrailo and Weems were both trying to transition from offensive tackle to right guard before their injuries. Sambrailo practiced for the first time in a month Sunday, if on a limited basis. He still hasn't been cleared for contact. Sambrailo is now listed as the team’s backup left and right tackle.
Schofield from his inside blocking position will be lined up Thursday across from Panthers’ defensive tackle Star Lotulelei with Kawann Short and Charles Johnson lurking nearby.
A tough challenge but then they’re all good in the NFL.
Broncos’ receiver Bennie Fowler III did not practice Sunday which means he it’s unlikely he will play Thursday against the Panthers. Fowler has been out since suffering a fractured right elbow.
“The brace can protect against the hit, but it doesn’t really protect against how you land,’’ Fowler said. “I hurt it with the way I landed. I’d rather miss the first game and be good for the rest of the season than rush back and then missed several games.’’
With Fowler not expected to play, Jordan Taylor should be active.
Bronco players voted Demaryius Thomas (offense), DeMarcus Ware (defense) and Kayvon Webster (special teams) as their team captains this year.
Ware was a no-brainer. Thomas might be the softest-spoken captain in the NFL. Webster is a likeable guy and serious professional who got hot as a special teams gunner late last season.
Second-year tight end Jeff Heuerman missed practice with an injury Sunday. He has been bothered by a strained hamstring. Kubiak said Heuerman would be ready to play by Thursday. …
Rookie running back Devontae Booker switched from No. 20 to 23. New quarterback Austin Davis is wearing No. 4, the number Britton Colquitt wore the previous six-plus seasons.
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