Speaking with the media on Monday morning from Dove Valley, Head Coach Josh McDaniels said that starting tackle Ryan Harris will not be available for Week 9′s Monday Night Football matchup with the defending Super Bowl-champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I don’t know the whole entire prognosis,” McDaniels said. “I am meeting with Greek (Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos) here as soon as this is over, but he will not play this week.”
Harris left Sunday’s 30-7 loss to Baltimore in the first quarter with a toe injury. He was replaced for the remainder of the game by Tyler Polumbus.
Facing an aggressive front seven — and matched up against the talented Terrell Suggs on more than a few occasions — Polumbus more than held his own. McDaniels said he was happy with how Polumbus handled himself against both bull rushers and speed rushers.
“Tyler has been in the system now as long as anybody else has this year, so he is familiar with what we are doing,” McDaniels said. “We are always giving him plenty of reps in practice. He handled himself well in the preseason, and we will expect him to go in and play well (against Pittsburgh).”
Kyle Orton agreed that Polumbus filled in effectively against the Ravens. Even with the change at tackle, Baltimore only managed one sack over the final three quarters of play.
“He played fine,” Orton said. “He came in and did his job.”
– Zach Eisendrath, DenverBroncos.com