The Denver Broncos have been hit hard by the injury bug at wide receiver in 2017.
After losing Cody Latimer to a knee injury in Week 3, Denver also saw Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Isaiah McKenzie go down against the New York Giants in Week 6 with ankle injuries. That leaves the Broncos with three healthy wide receivers — Demaryius Thomas, who also suffered a deep bruise that required an MRI against the Giants, Bennie Fowler III, and Jordan Taylor — on their roster heading into their game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Assuming Latimer won’t be able to return until Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs as expected, the Broncos will have no choice but to sign at least one more wide receiver to their active roster prior to their game against the Chargers.
The most likely candidate? Former Utah State standout Hunter Sharp, who is currently on the Broncos’ practice squad.
“You just have to be ready to play,” Fowler said on Monday afternoon. “We have some key players out in Isaiah [McKenzie], ‘E’ [Emmanuel Sanders] and Cody [Latimer] right now. We have to get those guys healthy. But, me, D.T. [Demaryius Thomas], ‘Sunshine’ [Jordan Taylor] have to get ready to go. Hunter [Sharp] will probably be activated. You just have to be ready to go.”
The Broncos will have to make room for Sharp on their 53-man roster, of course. The most obvious answer would be to move offensive lineman Billy Turner, who suffered a broken hand that required surgery against the Giants, to injured reserve.
This situation is worth monitoring over the next couple of days. The last thing the Broncos needed at this point i was to be short-handed on the offensive side of the ball.