It seems unlikely that the Denver Broncos will have their linebacking group up to full strength when they face the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
Inside linebacker Brandon Marshall is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, while outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware is listed as doubtful with a forearm injury. Both players seem unlikely to play, according to Mike Klis of 9NEWS.
Marshall’s nagging hamstring injury is one of those that the team needs to be careful with. Hamstring injuries are notorious for being particularly bad to try and come back from. Coming back too quickly could lead to Marshall missing several games as the recovery time extends.
Ware is trying to return from a broken forearm and if he came back on Sunday, he’d be ahead of the normal time it takes to heal a broken bone. Instead, the report states that it’s unlikely Ware will play. It also states that if Marshall can’t go then Corey Nelson will be the team’s starting inside linebacker.
Nelson has played in all 43 games, postseason included, that the Broncos have played since they took him in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Nelson is a core special teams player and Sunday would be his first start if Marshall is unable to go.