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Broncos tackle Orlando Franklin leaves team to deal with family emergency


Tackle Orlando Franklin, the 46th overall pick in the 2011 draft, has left the Broncos to deal with a family emergency.

On his Twitter page, Franklin disclosed that his 20-year-old brother has died.

“Orlando was excused from afternoon meetings to deal with a family matter,” team spokesman Patrick Smyth said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.  The team provided no further details.

Franklin is the first-team right tackle; he has started every game this season.  His availability for Sunday’s game against the Chargers isn’t known.

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8 Responses to “Broncos tackle Orlando Franklin leaves team to deal with family emergency”
  1. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 6, 2011 8:31 AM

    Only 20 years old?

    That’s a damn shame. Too young… much too young.

    My thoughts & prayers to out to him & his family…

  2. steelybills says: Oct 6, 2011 8:44 AM

    Take the weekend off dude, be with your family…20 years old is waaaay too young. Rest in peace young man.

  3. mumakata says: Oct 6, 2011 10:53 AM

    Too bad, another young life snuffed out. The man needs to be with his family.

  4. finsbooyah says: Oct 6, 2011 11:15 AM

    This is a guy I was really hoping the Dolphins drafted. He’s a rookie with his whole career ahead of him. Take the weekend off and be with your family. It’s a damn shame.

  5. 5280sportsbiz says: Oct 6, 2011 12:04 PM

    Rest in Peace… 😦

    Go Broncos!

  6. escoboltsfan says: Oct 6, 2011 2:15 PM

    Too young to fall, Rest in Peace

  7. ready4doomboom says: Oct 6, 2011 2:47 PM

    Just posted by the Denver Post Mike Klis. Franklin is at practice today.

    Prob best for him to stay busy and focused. I love watching this monster. Clady & Franklin could be a a force for years to come. Good building blocks to start with. RIP to his little brother.

  8. calibronco24 says: Oct 6, 2011 7:55 PM

    Thoughts go out to him. He’s a great player/man.

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