The Denver Broncos are attempting to maintain tempo within the AFC playoff race whereas scrambling to seek out replacements for 2 injured gamers forward of their sport Sunday in opposition to the host San Francisco 49ers.
The Broncos (6-6) misplaced veteran huge receiver Emmanuel Sanders and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. Harris is anticipated to overlook at the least a month after breaking his proper fibula in final Sunday’s win at Cincinnati, and Sanders suffered a torn Achilles tendon whereas operating a route in apply Wednesday. He was positioned on injured reserve later that day.
The Broncos, who might be looking for to increase their successful streak to 4 video games to remain within the thick of the wild-card hunt, are leaning on youthful replacements. Isaac Yiadom is anticipated to fill in for Harris, becoming a member of Bradley Roby on the corners. Yiadom, a third-round pick of Boston Faculty, has already seen elevated enjoying time within the final 5 weeks.
“Any time you get an damage on this league, it is powerful,” Broncos quarterback Case Keenum stated. “But it surely’s subsequent man up, and I’ve stated it earlier than, and I do know it is cliche. I am a product of any person getting an opportunity when any person will get injured. It could possibly be a fantastic begin for any person’s profession, one among these younger receivers who we belief.
“They have been working a very long time, Court docket (Courtland Sutton), DaeSean (Hamilton), Tim Patrick, all of these guys. What a fantastic alternative for these guys, relying on what’s at stake right here.”
The 49ers (2-10), in the meantime, might be counting on gamers who started the season as third stringers in key positions.
Whereas San Francisco waits for injured Jimmmy Garoppolo and operating again Jerick McKinnon to return from knee accidents subsequent season, Nick Mullens and Jeff Wilson Jr. will stand in.
The 49ers even have the NFC’s seventh main rusher, Matt Breida with 744 yards, however he’s out this week.
Mullens, undrafted out of Southern Mississippi final yr, confirmed he belongs with the 49ers or elsewhere subsequent yr. His 414 passing yards at Seattle in Week 13 had been probably the most for a 49ers participant in 14 years.
It was his second spectacular outing in 4 begins. He led the 49ers to one among their two victories in Week 9 in opposition to the Oakland Raiders.
Wilson burst onto the scene in Seattle, operating head first into defenders so typically you’d have thought he was auditioning to play robust security for the Seahawks. He got here away with 134 whole yards on 23 touches (15 rushes, eight receptions) . He additionally got here away with a bruised foot some say was inevitable given his wrecking-ball fashion.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was requested this week if he or his workers had approached Wilson about downshifting a notch or two for self-preservation.
“No,” Shanahan stated. “That is his fashion. That is what bought him a chance on this league. That is what he does greatest. That is why he will make it.
“I hope he does not lose that, for his and our sakes. He runs onerous and that is what he does good. Hopefully, we will maintain him wholesome and he retains getting higher and higher.”
The 49ers are hoping to get some assistance on offense with the return of huge receiver Marquise Goodwin. Shanahan indicated that Goodwin will not simply stroll bck right into a beginning spot after a two-game absense for private points.
“We’ll see. I am simply comfortable that he is doing higher, ok to be again within the constructing,” Shanahan stated. “I simply bought to see him slightly bit in conferences immediately, so we’ll see him out at apply immediately and see the place he is at, how he seems, and we’ll determine because the week goes.”