ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Just when you think the Broncos' injury situation couldn't get any worse, they have another midweek practice.
The team lost two players, receiver KJ Hamler and fullback/tight end Andrew Beck, to hamstring injuries during consecutive practices last week. Both missed the game last Sunday at Tennessee and are expected to miss the game this Sunday afternoon against the Las Vegas Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High.
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And now a source tells 9NEWS the Broncos lost starting inside linebacker Jonas Griffith late in practice Thursday when he suffered a serious foot injury that is likely to sideline him for the season.
Griffith started 8 of the Broncos' 9 games this season and was fourth on the team with 46 tackles. The team has a quality backup in Alex Singleton, who leads the team as he's replaced Josey Jewell in four previous games.
Still, Griffith was the Broncos' most athletic inside linebacker who had the best coverage skill set.
According to Spotrac, the Broncos will now have an NFL-most 15 current players and more than $56 million in salary cap on injuried reserve.
The injury Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy suffered on the first offensive play against Tennessee last week was often described as a "mild" ankle sprain.
Jeudy didn't practice all week and was quickly declared "out" from playing this Sunday against the Raiders. A little more serious than "mild'' it would seem.
Kendall Hinton replaced Jeudy and had four catches for 62 yards against the Titans and will probably do so again this Sunday against the Raiders. Hinton returned to practice Friday after he essentially missing the previous two days of practice with a shoulder injury.
Otherwise, it will be Courtland and the Kids against the Raiders. Broncos veteran Courtland Sutton has 216 career catches for 3,191 yards. Otherwise, the Broncos' receiving corps will feature Hinton (25 career catches, 345 yards), rookies Montrell Washington (3 catches, 5 yards), Jalen Virgil (1 catch, 66 yards) and possibly Brandon Johnson (0 catches) and Tyrie Cleveland (8 catches, 91 yards) elevated up from the practice squad.
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