Robert Ayers, Brian Dawkins, Andre’ Goodman, Darcel McBath and Wesley Woodyard will miss Sunday’s home game against the Jets due to injury, Head Coach Josh McDaniels announced Monday.
The head coach did not rule out Demaryius Thomas, who left Sunday’s loss at Baltimore with a head and neck injury after a second-quarter kickoff return.
McDaniels did not discuss the nature of the injuries or how long the players might be out. McBath left Sunday’s game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and did not return, while Dawkins went down with a knee injury in the fourth quarter and didn’t return, according to press box injury updates.
“That’s what I know right now,” McDaniels said. “As far as length of time and all that, I don’t have an answer.”
McDaniels did say that they would monitor Thomas throughout the week before making any decision on his availability for Week 6.
In the Monday morning press session, McDaniels remained positive and confident that the team will be able to improve going forward even without some of its top defenders for the next game.
He said that given the Broncos standing in a three-way tie for second-place in the AFC West, his team is well-positioned for the future as long as it can overcome adversity, which includes injuries.
“Certainly the injuries don’t make it easy, but we’ve been dealing with that for a long time now,” McDaniels said. “The next guy has to step up and play well. We’ve got to give them a good game plan. We might have to be creative with a few things that we do, but that’s part of everybody’s season.”
-Eric Detweiler, DenverBroncos.com