Broncos injury update: Jeudy practices; McManus hurts quad
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Jerry Jeudy took a step forward Friday, but whether he plays in Baltimore on Sunday remains up in the air.
“He’ll be a game-time decision,” Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said Friday after Jeudy practiced. for the first time since suffering an ankle injury on the Broncos’ first offensive play of their Nov. 13 loss at Tennessee.
“We’re still not 100 percent on if he’s going to go, so he’s just questionable,” Hackett added. “It was good to have him out there for a little bit.”
Jerry Jeudy catches a pass on his first Broncos practice since being injured Nov. 13. pic.twitter.com/hQj3WpuK04
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Also questionable for Sunday are fellow WR Courtland Sutton and CB K’Waun Williams. Sutton has what Hackett termed as a “stomach bug” and didn’t practice Friday. Williams saw limited work in each of the last two days as he completes recovery from a knee injury suffered on Nov. 13. Williams did not play in the last two losses to Las Vegas and Carolina.
Long snapper Jacob Bobenmoyer also had what Hackett dubbed a “stitch incident” on his surgically repaired hand, but the Broncos expect him to play.
Third-down RB Mike Boone practiced for a third consecutive day Friday. Boone officially remains on injured reserve, but the Broncos designated him for return Wednesday. If the Broncos activate him, he would see his first action since suffering a high-ankle sprain Oct. 23.
Kicker Brandon McManus also landed on the injury report due to quadriceps tightness in his kicking leg.
The Broncos expect McManus to handle placekicks on Sunday. But when asked whether punter Corliss Waitman could kick off in relief of McManus on Sunday, Hackett replied, “He’s gonna have to.”
Denver ruled four players out:
- LB Dakota Allen (hamstring)
- FB/TE Andrew Beck (hamstring/illness)
- WR KJ Hamler (hamstring)
- DL Jonathan Harris (knee)
None of them practiced all week. Hamler suffered a recent setback in his recovery from a Nov. 9 hamstring injury. He hasn’t practiced since then.
Allen will become the 10th Broncos player to miss at least one game this season because of a hamstring injury. He suffered his injury last Sunday at Carolina.
Without Beck, the Broncos lack a potential true fullback. When Beck missed the Las Vegas game on Nov. 20, Eric Saubert handled fullback snaps.
“[Beck] is a very different kind of player because he has that ability to play outside and be able to play the fullback position,” Hackett said. “It’s definitely something that we can’t really fill because we don’t have the kind of body like him and the things that he can do. We’ll just have to focus on some other things.”
MEANWHILE, IN BALTIMORE …
.. QB Lamar Jackson had a second consecutive full practice and is good to go for Sunday. Jackson left Wednesday’s practice early due to a quadriceps injury.
Three Ravens are listed as questionable: OT Ronnie Stanley, S Kyle Hamilton and CB Marlon Humphrey. Stanley did not practice Friday after seeing limited work the previous two days. Hamilton and Humphrey had full practice workloads Friday.