Things aren’t starting off quite as planned for the Broncos, as the defending world champions find themselves tied 7-7 in their Super Bowl rematch with the Panthers. And if there is going to be a comeback bid, it looks like it will come shorthanded, as wide receiver Jordan Norwood undergoing evaluations for a concussion, per Nicki Jhabvala for The Denver Post.
It’s unclear when Norwood was injured exactly, but his absence certainly would be a blow, especially with first-time starter Trevor Siemnian under center. As the offense’s slot receiver, Norwood is expected to serve as a security blanket for the young quarterback, though he was not targeted at all before leaving the game. Norwood is also the primary punt returner, but had yet to serve in that capacity as well.
Cody Latimer will presumably see his role increase on offense, while Jordan Taylor took over punt return duties.
As injuries go, it’s not like losing Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders in your receiving corps. Then again, against a tough Carolina defense, the Broncos would no doubt prefer all hands on deck.
Update (9:40 PM EDT): Norwood has been cleared of a concussion and is able to return to the game.
Jordan Norwood cleared to return. Brandon Marshall being evaluated for possible concussion #Broncos
— Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonNFL) September 9, 2016