After Wednesday’s announcement that Ryan Harris was placed on injured reserve, the majority of future reps at right tackle will belong to Tyler Polumbus.
A starter from Nov. 9 against Pittsburgh through Nov. 26 against the Giants, the Colorado alum has gradually made greater strides on one of the stronger lines in the league.
“He knows what we’re doing and he knows our system,” Head Coach Josh McDaniels said. “He communicates well with the other players and he’s playing beside good players. We think that we have a guy who’s getting better each week.”
Harris improved his health status enough over the month of November to start against the Chiefs last Sunday. But McDaniels said his toe became too injured for him to play without having a medical procedure.
In turn, the Broncos made the roster move Wednesday, bringing in third-year tackle Herb Taylor to take Harris’ spot.
“We’re going to take care of that,” said McDaniels of Harris’ toe. “After that happens, (with) the length of time that he would need to recover from that, it wouldn’t make any sense for us to not make this move at this time on our roster.”
McDaniels added had no doubt that Harris was well healed enough to make his usual impact in Kansas City. He noted that the toe injury sustained by Harris against the Chiefs was different than the one sidelining him from Week 8 through Week 11.
“It’s the same toe, but it’s not the same injury to the toe,” McDaniels said. “It’s kind of a fluke deal. He was playing well until the time that it happened.”
Despite two daunting speed rushers to prepare for in the Colts’ Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, Kyle Orton stressed that Polumbus’ presence gives him the same sense of protection that Harris’ does. No matter who’s in front of him, the job description for he and his linemen remains the same.
“I don’t let it affect me,” Orton said. “The guys have a job to do, and they’re expected to do it. Tyler is expected to do it just like Ryan does, and he’s done a good job.”
The combination of zero-degree temperatures and an impending trip to indoor Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday prompted the Broncos to move practice indoors. Here are some shots of the players exiting the team bus and entering the bubble on Wednesday.
For the release of the Week 14 Injury Report and more Wednesday news from Dove Valley, check back at DenverBroncos.com later this evening.
– Chris Gentilviso, DenverBroncos.com