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.