The Pittsburgh Steelers are a banged up team in many ways. Whether it’s the offensive line, or the rash of groin injuries which continues to work its way through the team, but the Steelers’ Week 5 opponent, the Denver Broncos, are dealing with their own injuries.
The biggest injury concern for the Broncos would be the concussion to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. While Bridgewater is officially in the NFL’s concussion protocol, head coach Vic Fangio wasn’t ruling out Bridgewater from possibly returning to practice this week.
“He can’t go out and full practice, but he may be able to do some stuff,” Fangio told media of Bridgewater’s potential return.
If Bridgewater can’t play Sunday, it would be the second straight season Drew Lock would start vs. the Steelers defense at Heinz Field. Last year it was Lock who was injured in a loss to the Broncos in Week 2.
Other injuries of note would be to Diontae Spencer and cornerback Pat Surtain II. This information from the Denver Broncos official website:
Diontae Spencer, who suffered a chest injury one play before Bridgewater took a hit to the head, will be day to day this week. Pat Surtain II is also day to day with a “midsection” injury.
Other than those two players, the Broncos will certainly have some question marks along the offensive line too.
Guard Dalton Risner will “probably” be able to return this week, but Fangio remains unsure about guard Graham Glasgow’s status.
Fangio said Risner was “not close enough” to being able to play against the Ravens after being listed as questionable.
Wednesday is the first reported practice for both the Steelers and Broncos. This will be a huge storyline to watch throughout the week considering just how it can alter both teams’ lineups before the game.
With that said, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for their latest game Sunday at Heinz Field.