Bradley Chubb: "I know I'll be back even better."
As if the last-minute loss to the Jaguars wasn't injury enough, the beleaguered Broncos' spirits and defensive line took another hit on Monday. It was announced that linebacker Bradley Chubb, a critical part of the team's defense, partially tore his ACL in Sunday's game and is out for the rest of the season.
Chubb left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, but all looked promising as he returned to the field not long after. He finished the game with four tackles and the much-sought-after sack of Gardner Minchew. It was his first sack of the season.
But alas, it was not to be.
"He felt good enough to come back in and actually, he played that last series pretty damn well,” Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio said on Monday. “[He] had some really good pass rushes, caused that fumble that we weren’t able to get. He was as surprised as anybody, I think, this morning when he woke up feeling the way he did."
Chubb talked to the press about his injury on Tuesday, courtesy of Denver Broncos (Facebook):
As Chubb faces surgery, the Broncos will scramble to fill his position. According to DenverBroncos.com, Fangio mentioned rookies Malik Reed and Justin Hollins as possible replacements. The team could also sign a free agent.
The Broncos go into Sunday's game against the Chargers at 0-4, a position it hasn't been in since 1999. The game is a must-win for the team, as it has never started a season at 0-5.
"There’s no pity parties in the NFL," Fangio said in a press conference. "We’ve just got to keep going. The losses are our own doing. Injuries don’t have an effect on those. We’ve just got to keep going. Nobody’s feeling sorry for anybody here. Just another one of the things you have to deal with in the NFL during a season."
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