That quarterback Trevor Siemian and a few other members of the Broncos were active on Thursday wasn’t that big of a story. A couple of the players who were inactive, on the other hand, might raise some eyebrows for those in the know.
Two young players wound up as healthy scratches for Denver in tackle Ty Sambrailo and tight end Jeff Heuerman, perhaps unexpectedly. Both have dealt with injuries this season, but it seems their respective benchings were performance related.
Sambrailo has started three games for the Broncos this season, most recently in Week 4 against the Falcons, where he struggled mightily to keep defensive end Vic Beasley at bay. Beasley registered a whopping 3.5 sacks in the contest.
Heuerman hasn’t played as big of a role as a reserve tight end with just 2 receptions for 48 yards on the season. With Virgil Green returning from injury and active on Thursday however, that minimal production may not have been viewed as necessary.
Interestingly enough, Nicki Jhabvala for The Denver Post reports these two scratches were a “coaches decision.” Who was the coach in this particular case? Obviously, head coach Gary Kubiak isn’t on the sideline for the game, taking a break for medical reasons. It would be most unusual for special teams coach Joe DeCamillis to make that call, even if he is operating in an interim role.
Whatever the case may be, it seems Sambrailo and Heuerman are in the dog house.