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Broncos waiting for word on severity of Orlando Franklin’s injury

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The Broncos haven’t missed a beat since losing left tackle Ryan Clady for the season, but they’d still probably prefer not to try their luck without their starting right tackle as well.

Orlando Franklin left Sunday’s victory over the Jaguars in the third quarter and didn’t return to the game, leaving the Broncos to move Louis Vazquez from guard to what’s believed to be his first experience at tackle at the collegiate or professional level.

Jeff Legworld of ESPN.com reports that Franklin was diagnosed with a sprained ankle and possible MCL sprain after initial assessments by the medical staff. He’ll go for an MRI and other tests on Monday to see how bad the damage might be, leading quarterback Peyton Manning to say that the team had “fingers crossed” that the right tackle wouldn’t be out of the lineup too long.

The Broncos turned to former starter Chris Kuper at right guard after the injury and could keep that lineup in place if Franklin misses time. They could also opt for former Eagle Winston Justice, who was inactive on Sunday.

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7 Responses to “Broncos waiting for word on severity of Orlando Franklin’s injury”
  1. phisticuffs says: Oct 14, 2013 12:32 PM

    Inactive also largely describes the state of his play when Justice is on the field.

  2. bigdinla says: Oct 14, 2013 1:53 PM

    Manning was hit quite a lot in that game. Wait till he plays a team like KC.

  3. broncostevenp says: Oct 14, 2013 1:55 PM

    Franklin is one of the best right tackles in football. This could be a huge loss for the Broncos.

  4. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 14, 2013 1:56 PM

    Colts are going to absolutely ROLL the Broncos. Am I the only one that sees this coming?

  5. beauregard says: Oct 14, 2013 2:21 PM

    “Colts are going to absolutely ROLL the Broncos. Am I the only one that sees this coming?”

    You mean outside of Indy? I’d guess yes.
    The Broncos missing five starters “Only” won by 16 points. The D (missing starters) allowed only 3 field goals. Wow, they are falling apart…

    Indy’s offense can in no way keep up with Peyton. The game won’t even be close. Von Miller is back and fresh, meaning a bad day for Luck.

    As for the KC tomatoes, it takes points to win games. Points are something a plain Jane game managing QB cannot produce. KC will lose both games to Denver and fight it out for the wildcard scraps. By far the worse 6-0 team in decades.

  6. broncoshock says: Oct 14, 2013 2:59 PM

    As for the KC tomatoes, it takes points to win games. Points are something a plain Jane game managing QB cannot produce. KC will lose both games to Denver and fight it out for the wildcard scraps. By far the worse 6-0 team in decades.
    I guess you forgot about that 2009 team we put on the field. that team was all smoke and mirrors.

  7. dt58 says: Oct 14, 2013 4:18 PM

    This might be a huge loss for Den. Got to keep Peyton upright for this team to win. As far as the KC tomatoes (brilliant, think of that one yourself?) go, yes that O isn’t going to scare anyone but as you pointed out, it’s about points. Without Den OLine being intact, it might not be the cakewalk that you “analysts” think it will be. This is what’s great about Den vs KC…we get to see it twice a year. Remember when Brady and the Pats tore up the league but couldn’t do anything against the Giants with no time in the pocket? Football games are won and lost on the line. Whoever controls the line, wins the game

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