On Tuesday, the Broncos placed middle linebacker Joe Mays on injured reserve.
Mays suffered a left ankle injury last Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Safety Duke Ihenacho was added to the active roster as the corresponding move.
“We’re going to miss Joe,” fellow linebacker Wesley Woodyard said Monday. “Things definitely won’t be the same without having him out there, his presence, his leadership and his ability to go out there and make plays.”
Mays started four games this season, chipping in 19 tackles and a half a sack.
Last year, Mays started a career-best 12 games, finishing third on the club with 74 tackles. He also tied for the most tackles on the team with 15 in his two postseason starts.
“He’s definitely going to be a player that we miss,” Woodyard reiterated. “He’s going to be there making sure he’s watching film for us to give us coaching points and what we can do better. We’re going to miss him on the field, but he’s going to always be around in the locker room talking to us.”