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Broncos CB Bradley Roby Ticked About Comments He Quit in Monday’s Loss to Oakland

No pro athlete likes to ever be called a ‘quitter’ and Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby took exception to some comments by ESPN analyst Jason Witten during the broadcast of Monday night’s 27-14 loss at the Raiders.

Witten’s words were harsh, stating that Roby should have been pulled from the game in the final minutes because “you never quit in the NFL.” ESPN’s Booger McFarland had added, “That’s embarrassing.”

“That last run there … keep an eye on Roby,” Witten said. “It’s a running play, watch this effort; the ball hits inside, he just stops, the play is still going, it cannot happen. Vance Joseph, I would pull him out because you never quit in the NFL.”

“That’s embarrassing,” McFarland added. “He’s a young guy who’s had issues.”

Coach Vance Joseph stood up for Roby, stating that Roby and the team has never quit, and that he’s never questioned the players on the team.

“I didn’t see that,” Joseph said. “Our team has maxed out every game we’ve played; we haven’t won enough games, obviously, but how we play, how hard we play, it’s no issue.

“I love our ex-players; I love they’re involved with the game. But they all forget, we could find plenty of tape with all the ex-players doing media they’ve had issues … I have not questioned our guys [about their effort].”

Roby fired back about the comments, not happy about what he labeled as “the most disrespectful thing” you can say about a player.

“I was like, wow, I can’t believe he went out of his way to do all that,” Roby said. “It’s unfortunate. I felt like he was reaching to say that because it was the end of the game. For him to characterize me as a quitter, quitting on my team, I feel like that’s the most disrespectful thing you can say in a team sport.

“For him to say that on one play — it was really a mistake, I thought the play was over, I was wrong. But for him to say that, it just made me mad. There are kids I go see at the children’s hospital who have cancer, who are paralyzed, and I tell them don’t quit … The game was over … I just felt like it was kind of unnecessary. On the play, it did look like I stopped, so I understand where he’s coming from, but it was unnecessary.”

Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr. Suffers Broken Fibula in Win Over Bengals

The Broncos got a big road win in Cincinnati on Sunday, but it came with a price, as cornerback Chris Harris Jr. suffered a fractured fibula during the victory.

After the contest, Harris said he won’t require surgery and could return if the Broncos keep winning and find themselves playing past week 17 and into the playoffs.

The Broncos wouldn’t be in line for a postseason berth if the 2018 campaign ended today, but they are in the hunt. Per the New York Times, Denver has a 21% of making the playoffs after defeating Cincinnati today. But the task of getting into the tournament will become all the more difficult without Harris, who is far-and-away the Broncos’ best defensive back.

Harris, 29, has played nearly every defensive snap (98.3%) for the Broncos this season, lining up on the outside in Denver’s base defense and moving to the slot in nickel and dime packages. For his efforts, Pro Football Focus ranks Harris as the NFL’s fifth-best cornerback, behind only Stephon Gilmore, Kareem Jackson, Desmond King, and Byron Jones. Harris also ranks eighth league-wide in yards per pass allowed, per Football Outsiders’ charting data.

Inactives for the Steelers at Broncos NFL Week 12 Matchup

Here’s today’s inactives for the Steelers and Broncos NFL Week 12 battle in Denver.

Steelers

S Marcus Allen
OT Zach Banner
OT Marcus Gilbert
WR Justin Hunter
QB Mason Rudolph
LB Matthew Thomas
DE Stephon Tuitt

Broncos

C Nico Falah
LB Alexander Johnson
OG Sam Jones
LB Brandon Marshall
S Dymonte Thomas
S Shamarko Thomas
DE DeMarcus Walker

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Broncos RB Royce Freeman a Go at Practice; Will Play Sunday Against Chargers

NFL Insider Adam Caplan gave Broncos fans some good news on Friday, as he reported that RB Royce Freeman was a go at practice, and that he is good to go for Sunday’s game at the Chargers in Los Angeles.

Freeman has been dealing with an ankle sprain, and has not played since week seven against the Arizona Cardinals in a Broncos Thursday night 45-10 win, the last time the team earned a ‘W’.

On the year, Freeman has rushed for 309 yards, putting up 4.4 yards per carry with four touchdowns. His ability to help the run game will for sure give the team a spark on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Broncos Rookie RB Royce Freeman Back on the Practice Field

Broncos rookie running back Royce Freeman returned to practice on Thursday according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic.

His level of participation is unclear, though he was seen wearing a helmet at the start of practice. This would be a quick recovery for Freeman, who is only two weeks removed from suffering a high-ankle sprain.

If Freeman returns for Sunday’s home game against the Houston Texans, it would be a downgrade for both Phillip Lindsay and Devontae Booker. The Broncos may err on the side of caution with their bye week coming up in Week 10.

Broncos Officially Send Wide Out Demaryius Thomas to the Texans

The Broncos have traded wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Texans in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round draft pick, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. This according to sources informed of the deal.

The teams are also swapping seventh-rounders, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Thomas is the first big-name player to move on the final day trades can be executed. Thomas will immediately face his former team when the Texans host the Broncos on Sunday.

The Broncos moving the 30-year-old receiver was heavily speculated in recent weeks. Thomas’ production has waned this season as his rapport with Case Keenum hasn’t materialized. With $14 million in base salary for 2019, it was likely the end of the line for Thomas in Denver. Sitting at 3-5, staring at another lost season, getting a draft pick in compensation made sense.

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