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The Broncos defense only outscored the Saints, Falcons, Raiders and Bears in 2022. Part of that is because the offense was so bad, and part of it is because they did not score a defensive touchdown all year. We'd expect both of those factors to improve, and the Broncos are hoping the addition of Vance Joseph at defensive coordinator will help as well. We like them as a top-10 defense that should get off to a good start against the Raiders, especially if Jimmy Garoppolo's foot isn't healed. They also get the Commanders in Week 2, which makes them one of the top draft-to-stream options if they aren't drafted as a starter.

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  • Broncos' Josey Jewell: Out Week 4

    Jewell (hip) will be sidelined for Sunday's matchup with the Bears. Jewell was a non-participant at practice all week, so this is not a surprising move. He is still recovering from a groin injury sustained in last week's loss to the Dolphins. In his absence, Drew Sanders and Justin Strnad are candidates to fill in at inside linebacker.
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  • Broncos' Frank Clark: Out Week 4

    Clark (hip) will not play in Sunday's game versus the Bears. No surprise here, as Clark was a non-participant at practice all week. The absence will be his third straight due to a hip injury. As a result, Nik Bonitto and Ronnie Perkins could continue to see extra snaps on the edge.
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  • Broncos' Justin Simmons: Uncertain for Week 4

    Simmons (hip) has drawn a questionable tag for Sunday's game against the Bears. Simmons practiced in limited fashion for consecutive days to start the week before being a non-participant Friday. Thus, he seems to be trending in the wrong direction, but his final status for Week 4 will depend on how he is feeling Sunday morning. Delarrin Turner-Yell and JL Skinner would be candidates to fill in at safety if he cannot go.
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  • Broncos' Mike Purcell: Out Sunday

    Purcell (ribs) has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Bears. The 32-year-old missed the entire week of practice after suffering a rib injury during Denver's Week 3 loss to Miami, so it's no surprise he's been ruled out this Sunday. Purcell is listed as the team's backup nose tackle and he's only recorded two total tackles through three games, making this a relatively small loss for the Broncos' defense.
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  • Broncos' Frank Clark: Dealing with partial abductor tear

    Clark indicated Thursday that he has a partial tear in his abductor muscle, Chris Tomasson of The Denver Gazette reports. The Broncos' official injury report lists Clark as a non-participant at practice this week due to a hip issue, but the linebacker further clarified that Thursday. Come Friday, look for Clark to be official ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears.
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  • Broncos' Justin Simmons: Limited in practice

    Simmons (hip) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports. Simmons is now trending toward playing on Sunday after sitting out last week's blowout loss to Miami. If the 29-year-old is able to play, he should help bolster a Denver secondary that allowed 70 points last week in his absence.
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  • Broncos' Kareem Jackson: Seven tackles in blowout

    Jackson registered seven tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 70-20 loss to the Dolphins. Jackson tied with Jonathon Cooper and Zach Allen in tackles on a day when the Broncos' defense gave up an NFL-record 726 yards and 10 touchdowns to the Dolphins. Jackson will look to help dig Denver out of its 0-3 hole in Week 4 as they take on the Bears in Chicago.
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  • Broncos' Delarrin Turner-Yell: Tackles leader in brutal loss

    Turner-Yell had 13 tackles (10 solo) in Sunday's 70-20 loss against the Dolphins. Turner-Yell got the start Sunday with Justin Simmons ruled out with a hip injury. Turner-Yell led all tacklers on a day when the Broncos gave up an NFL-record 726 yards to the Dolphins. He'll look to help turn the defense's fortunes around as Denver travels to Chicago for Week 4.
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  • Broncos' Alex Singleton: Nine tackles in blowout

    Singleton had nine tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 70-20 loss to the Dolphins. Singleton had the second-most tackles on the team behind Delarrin Turner-Yell on a day where Denver's defense could do nothing to stop Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami offense. Singleton leads the team with 21 total tackles in three games and will look to help the Broncos earn their first win of the season in Week 4 as they go on the road to take on Justin Fields and the Bears.
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  • Broncos' Josey Jewell: Out for game

    Jewell has been downgraded to out after suffering a groin injury Sunday against the Dolphins, Chris Tomasson of The Denver Gazette reports. The starting linebacker made four tackles in the first half and 15 in the first two games of the season. Jewell's injury opens the door for backups Drew Sanders and Justin Strnad.
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  • Broncos' Josey Jewell: Exits with injury

    Jewell is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a groin injury, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports. Jewell totaled four tackles before sustaining this groin issue during the first half. The veteran logged 15 tackles over the first two weeks of the season, and his absence will leave Denver's defense without one of its two starting inside linebackers for the time being. Should Jewell remain sidelined, then Drew Sanders and/or Justin Strnad will have to step up into bigger roles alongside Alex Singleton.
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  • Broncos' Delarrin Turner-Yell: Starting Sunday

    Turner-Yell will start against the Dolphins on Sunday with Justin Simmons (hip) out, Parker Gabriel of The Denver Post reports. The 2022 fifth-round pick has played in 16 games and made 10 tackles in his NFL career. Turner-Yell recorded two tackles in Denver's Week 2 loss to Washington before leaving with cramps.
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  • Broncos' Mike Purcell: Ready to roll for Week 3

    Purcell (ankle) is active for Sunday's matchup against Miami. Purcell didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday before logging a limited session Friday, so it's surprising to see the veteran cleared to suit up. He played a rotational role during the first two games of the campaign and figures to see around 20 defensive snaps versus the Dolphins.
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  • Broncos' Frank Clark: Won't play at Dolphins

    Clark (hip) is listed as out for Sunday's game at Miami, Armando Salguero of Fox News reports. After missing practice all week, Clark will have to sit out a second consecutive game with a hip injury. 2022 second-rounder Nik Bonitto will continue to see increased reps in his stead.
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  • Broncos' Justin Simmons: Won't play at Miami

    Simmons (hip) is listed as out for Sunday's game at the Dolphins, Armando Salguero of Fox News reports. Simmons missed practice all week, and now he'll have to sit out at least one game as he recovers from a hip injury. 2022 fifth-rounder Delarrin Turner-Yell should see an expanded role in his absence.
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  • Broncos' Justin Simmons: Logs another DNP

    Simmons (hip) did not practice Thursday, Ryan McFadden of The Denver Post reports. Simmons was unable to practice Wednesday as well, putting the 29-year-old's availability for Sunday's game against the Dolphins in doubt. Considering the importance of the star safety to the Broncos' defense, it's possible he could play without logging a practice this week, but it would still likely increase his chances if he could participate Friday. If he's ultimately unable to play, Delarrin Turner-Yell would likely step into a starting role.
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  • Broncos' Delarrin Turner-Yell: Healthy ahead of Week 3

    Turner-Yell did not appear on the Broncos' injury report Wednesday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Turner-Yell exited the team's 35-33 loss to the Commanders in Week 2 early with cramps, but he's ready to go ahead of Week 3 in Miami. The safety has registered two tackles (one solo) over the first two games of 2023.
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  • Broncos' Justin Simmons: Misses practice

    Simmons (hip) did not participate in Denver's practice Wednesday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Simmons popped up on the injury report Wednesday with a hip injury, putting his status for their upcoming game against the Dolphins in doubt. The Broncos will hope their star safety is good to go Sunday, but if he's unable to play Delarrin Turner-Yell will likely get the start.
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  • Broncos' Frank Clark: Sits out practice

    Clark (hip) did not practice Wednesday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Clark sat out Sunday's loss to the Commanders and now could miss the team's Week 3 contest as well. If the 30-year-old ends up missing a second straight week, Nik Bonitto will likely see increased playing time.
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  • Broncos' Jonathon Cooper: Tallies eight tackles

    Cooper posted eight tackles (three solo), two sacks and one forced fumble in Sunday's 35-33 loss to the Commanders. Cooper paced the Broncos in sacks Sunday, showing off his ability to make big plays as a pass rusher. The 25-year-old linebacker has now recorded 11 total tackles through the first two weeks of the 2023 campaign. Cooper will look to continue his solid start to the season in a Week 3 matchup against the Dolphins.
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