The Broncos have made a number of moves ahead of their matchup with the Raiders tomorrow afternoon, according to team editor-in-chief Ben Swanson. Denver placed starting linebackers Jonas Griffith on injured reserve and replaced his roster spot with a long snapper Jacob Bobenmoyer after activating the special teamer of IR. The team signed offensive tackle Quinn Bailey into the active roster from the Practice Squad and promoted wide receivers BrandonJohnson and linebackers Harvey Langi than standard matchday raises.
Griffith has earned a spot on one of the league’s best defenses after going undrafted from Indiana State in 2020. After hopping back and forth between San Francisco and Indianapolis during his rookie season, Griffith was traded to the Broncos ahead of the 2021 season due to a stellar preseason. An impressive first year in Denver, with four starts in 13 game appearances, prompted the team to make him an offer as a free agent with exclusive rights. In his second season with the team, Griffith started eight of the Broncos’ nine games. Just past the halfway point of this season, he’s almost matched his entire production from last season.
Unfortunately, that may be the entire season Griffith sees. After aggravating a foot injury in training this week, Griffith is being directed to IR and expected to stay there for the rest of the season, according to Mike Klis of 9NEWS. His injury is a season-long concern for the Broncos, who now have 13 players on IR and have seen missed time from several other contributors. In his absence, Alex Singleton will probably take the starting place next to Josey Gem at inside linebacker, possibly some help from Langi, who could be making his Broncos debut after joining the team’s practice squad over a month ago.
Bobenmoyer will return after sitting out the four required games before IR’s return. Bobenmoyer found himself on the injury list after suffering a hand/wrist injury in a Week 5 overtime loss to the Colts. Bobenmoyer has been replaced by the Long Snapper Training Squad Mitchell Fraboni who did well during the four weeks that Bobenmoyer was out until he was put on IR himself with a broken finger. Bobenmoyer’s return comes just in time, helping the Broncos avoid using a third long snapper in just one season.
Johnson could make his NFL debut as a game-day promoter this week. The undrafted rookie, who had 11 touchdowns for UCF last year, started the season at IR before being sidelined with an injury rule shortly after the start of the season. He returned to the practice squad about a month ago and could end up making an impression as a starting wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler are listed as canceled for tomorrow, Tim Patrick stays on IR, and Kendall Hinton is listed as doubtful with a shoulder injury. Denver could be operational with a total of four healthy receivers Courtland Sutton, Jalen Virgil, Montreal Washingtonand Johnson when Hinton is unavailable.