Heading into their bye week, the Denver Broncos were criticized as underperforming on offense despite boasting a perfect 6-0 record.
They answered those critics in emphatic style last night as they emerged from their week seven break to hand the Green Bay Packers their first defeat of the season.
Unfortunately for the Colorado franchise, just as they appeared to be finding form with ball in hand, a spanner was thrown in the works today.
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That's after the Broncos confirmed that Ty Sambrailo, their starting left tackle for much of the season, is heading for the IR list after failing to recover from a shoulder injury picked up on September 27.
The team was hoping that the rookie, who had started the team's first three games of the season, would recover after a sustained period of rest.
Head coach Gary Kubiak, though, revealed the second-round pick is set to undergo surgery in the coming days, bringing his first season in the NFL to an early end.
Although Ryan Harris and Tyler Polumbus have deputised fairly well at left tackle during Sambrailo's absence, the Broncos are now left somewhat exposed at the key offensive position -the team had already lost Ryan Clady back in OTAs.
Kubiak, speaking to the media today, said he was unsure whether the team would not look to the free agent or trade market to replace Sambrailo.
With Peyton Manning and co. having finally got the ball moving against the Packers, the news today is something of a setback as the franchise continues its road to completing an unbeaten season.
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