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#pounditMonday, January 30, 2023

Broncos lose 2 key players to season-ending injuries

Nathaniel Hackett in sunglasses

Aug 20, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett enters the field before a pre-season game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for the Denver Broncos, as the team lost two key players to season-ending injuries in Thursday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett announced Friday that offensive lineman Garett Bolles, who suffered a broken leg Thursday, is done for the season. In addition, cornerback Ronald Darby suffered a torn ACL, and will not return in 2022.

Both are brutal blows to the Broncos, but particularly so in the case of Bolles. The 30-year-old has been a steady and durable figure on the team’s offensive line, and came into Thursday’s game having missed just four games in his six-year career. The loss of Darby will hurt as well, as the cornerback is a trusted veteran starter who won a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Even without these injuries, Thursday’s loss was a brutal one for the Broncos in what is rapidly turning into a hugely disappointing season. This news just makes the situation that much worse.

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