Denver Broncos bad night gets worse with two starters out for the season

Garett Bolles #72(Photo by Justin Tafoya/Getty Images)
Garett Bolles #72(Photo by Justin Tafoya/Getty Images) /

The Denver Broncos looked anemic on Thursday night but then again, the dueling stallions both looked more like donkeys. Now, the news for Denver continues to get worse.

Forget the 2-3 record for the Broncos, the news from last night was not good and it stretched beyond the scoreboard. It was announced by the team today that two starters who left the game Thursday night, will not be back this season.

Denver Broncos lose both Garett Bolles, Ronald Darby for 2022

Starting left tackle Garett Bolles left the game with a leg injury. He was carted off the field and this morning the team announced that he had broken his leg. His season is over and the Broncos will now roll with Calvin Anderson.

Bolles, a former first-round draft pick in the 2017 draft has started all but 6 games in his career. He missed one game in 2020 and four games last season.

The second hit comes to the other side of the ball where starting right cornerback, Ronald Darby, will miss the rest of the season as well. Darby tore his ACL during the field goal fest.

Denver has not looked good through five games this year despite managing to steal a couple of games. Last night, against the “horseshoe-less” Colts, Denver could only manage 9 points.

Russell Wilson was under constant pressure. The Broncos’ front forced two interceptions. The 2nd came as the Broncos were looking to put the game away. The INT in the end zone gave the Colts time to get down the field to kick the game-tying field goal that would prove enough to get to overtime.

Denver’s offensive line has already given 17 sacks so far this year, four came on Thursday. The loss of Bolles is not going to be good for a unit that is struggling up front.

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Defensively, the Broncos are going to need to rely on K’Waun Williams. Williams has been in the NFL since 2014 having played for the Browns and for the last five years with the 49ers. This year he has started three of the five games and had one sack and 21 tackles.