INDIANAPOLIS | Denver and Indianapolis find themselves in the same place with three games left. Both teams have been eliminated from the playoffs, both coaches face questions about their futures and players from both teams are fighting to keep jobs. No, it’s not how the Broncos or Colts envisioned this season playing out.
ENGLEWOOD | Justin Simmons’ breakout season is over because of a sprained left ankle he sustained while celebrating a rare big play by the Denver Broncos in their first victory in two months. The Broncos placed Simmons on injured reserve Wednesday.
ENGLEWOOD | Approaching 30, Demaryius Thomas isn’t the same wide receiver who combined breakaway speed and superior size to join Tory Holt and Marvin Harrison as the only players in NFL history with five consecutive 90-catch, 1,000-yard seasons.
ENGLEWOOD | In a season turned sour, add Ronald Leary’s injury to the long list of the Denver Broncos’ misfortunes. Leary’s first season in Denver has been cut short by a back injury that sidelined the sixth-year guard the last two weeks after he started the first 11 games at right tackle.
DENVER | From loser’s lament to winning formula, the Denver Broncos finally played the clean game rookie head coach Vance Joseph has been pining for ever since they started their eight-game spiral.
DENVER | Josh McCown’s broken left hand was covered with a white bandage. His feelings couldn’t be so easily masked. The leader of the New York Jets fought back tears when reflecting on the best season of his 15-year career and how it just might be over following a 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
DENVER | This was the way the Denver Broncos thought they’d play against that other New York team all those months ago. “This is the kind of game we expected to play against everyone, not just New York,” Shane Ray said after the Broncos snapped their longest losing streak since joining the NFL in 1970 with a 23-0 shutout of the Jets on Sunday. “Everybody that we play, we should beat them like this. Period. We just haven’t been able to find that formula.”
ENGLEWOOD | Vance Joseph’s college coach dropped by practice Wednesday for a friendly visit and to offer some advice. “Just to hang in there,” the Denver Broncos coach said in recounting his meeting with University of Colorado great Bill McCartney. “He gets it. It’s a hard profession.”
ENGLEWOOD | The Denver Broncos placed defensive end Derek Wolfe on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday with a neck injury. Wolfe left the Nov. 26 game at Oakland in the first quarter due to the injury. He played in 11 games this season, with 31 tackles and two sacks.