Stewart fined $24,309; offensive line may have changes

KUSA - Broncos safety Darian Stewart was fined $24,309 for his hit on Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper, sources told 9NEWS. Stewart had said before he was fined he would appeal.

There is a good chance his fine will be reduced as even Oakland coach Jack Del Rio softened his stance on Stewart’s hit. After the game, Del Rio called it a “vicious” hit and indicated the league should take punitive action against Stewart.

The next day, Del Rio admitted Cooper ducked his head, which made it almost impossible for Stewart’s left shoulder to avoid.

Offensive line shakeup?

Trevor Siemian has returned at quarterback against Miami, but the Broncos lost one of their top three defensive players in cornerback Aqib Talib to suspension.

Siemian may also play with a revised offensive line as there’s a decent chance right guard Ronald Leary won’t play because of a back injury. Second-year player Connor McGovern could get the first significant playing time of his career.

And with Allen Barbre, a left guard by trade, struggling at right tackle, there’s a good chance

Donald Stephenson will get his first start of the season.

On the plus side, left guard Max Garcia is coming along nicely.

“Max Garcia played well last week,’’ said Broncos head coach Vance Joseph. “In my opinion, he was the best O-lineman we had last week. He played physical, he was good in the pass game and the run game alike. It was fun to see.”

As for concern, Joseph doesn’t like the flags rookie left tackle Garett Bolles continues to draw.

“I think he’s progressing fine,’’ Joseph said. “The holding penalties bother me. That’s more of technique and having a clock in your head the same way a quarterback does. If you’re blocking guy and your clock says it’s over, let him go. If the QBs holding the ball too long, that’s his issue. But he has to learn that he can’t block the guy past the quarterback and have holding calls. That’s the part he has to fix and it’s all about experience and having a clock in your head the same as a quarterback. When that clock expires, let that guy go."

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