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Bradley Chubb Ruled Out for Season With Torn ACL

Heartbreaking news for Broncos Country.

Second-year linebacker and former first round pick Bradley Chubb will miss the remainder of the 2019 season after tearing his ACL in the team’s 26-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Chubb seemed to be having a good game, recording his first sack of the season. However, he did go down in the game, but the team listed his injury as “cramps”.

Chubb was in and out during the last 2 quarters of play, but he wasn’t as noticeable as he had been during the first 2.

This news comes as a huge blow to a reeling Denver defense who has been performing at a subpar level so far this season. Allowing well over 200 yards to a Jacksonville team whose star running back had less than 100 yards the week before doesn’t do them any favors.

The Broncos game against the Jaguars was the first game this season where the defense had a sack. Early on in the game, it looked as if the defense had finally come around, as they were putting pressure on rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew early. That faded quickly in the 3rd quarter when the Jags came out and put together a nearly 11 minute drive that included 2 huge 3rd-down conversions and a wild touchdown.

Chubb’s injury was a big part of why the defense fizzled in the second half and it was clear. His presence and work on Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson was a big factor of the pass rush success.

It is extremely hard to see such a great young talent go down so early in a season, especially after the amazing rookie season he had and the expectations that were set for him this year.

Where To Go From Here

The Broncos will most likely replace Chubb by committee, as they have rookies Malik Reed and Justin Hollins available as pass rushers. Reed also recorded his first sack of the season and his career against the Jaguars.

Many fans may point out that the Broncos let Shaq Barrett walk in free agency. Barrett, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has 9 sacks through 4 games and appears to be well on his way to a Defensive Player of the Year award. Barrett wanted an opportunity to start, an opportunity he wouldn’t get in Denver behind Chubb and Miller. Now with Chubb’s injury, it looks as if Barrett’s service will he missed dearly.

The Broncos may look to the free agent market for linebacker help if they move Hollins to primarily play the edge. Former Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is still a free agent and has been vocal about his health and desire to play. When the Broncos put Chubb on injured reserve, Marshall could be a name that is brought up in free agent talks.

Outside of Marshall, if the Broncos look to add help on the edge and keep Hollins inside, the pickings are slim. Malcolm Smith is a free agent after being released from San Francisco, as well as names like Nick Perry, Cassius Marsh, Derrick Morgan, and Dion Jordan.

Two former Broncos are still available too in Dekoda Watson and former first rounder Shane Ray.

Chubb will be extremely missed on the defense and we all hope he has a speedy recovery.

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