The Denver Broncos have dug themselves into a bit of a hole. After losing Ryan Clady for the year to a torn ACL, the team chose to plug Colorado State rookie Ty Sambrailo in his place. That was all well and good, because the team still had the experienced Chris Clark on the roster.
However, John Elway traded Clark away to the Houston Texans in August, leaving only Ryan Harris and Michael Schofield as the remaining tackles, besides Sambrailo. Sambrailo has been up and down, as most rookies are, but he banged up his shoulder in Week 3 vs. the Detroit Lions, causing him to miss practice this week.
His status for Week 4 is uncertain, which has led the Broncos to go back to the well with an old familiar—Tyler Polumbus, whom the team agreed to terms with today. Polumbus, a eight-year NFL veteran, is a Colorado native, having gone to high school at Cherry Creek and playing his college ball at Colorado University.
He went undrated in 2008, but was signed as a college free agent (CFA) by the Broncos, where he stayed until just before the 2010 regular season, when Josh McDaniels waived him. Polumbus is experienced in the zone blocking scheme, having played one year under Mike Shanahan. He's played in other zone systems throughout his pro career, as well.
However, last season, while with the Washington Redskins, Polumbus was terrible. He began 2014 as the starting right tackle, but was eventuall demoted halfway through the campaign. He was most recently with the Atlanta Falcons, but was recently released.
“I’m just taking it one day at a time," Polumbus said. "I’m grateful to be here. The contender part is certainly nice. I have no idea what the status of this team is other than that they’re 3-0, and that’s better than 0-3.”
The frustrating thing here for the Broncos is the failure of Michael Schofield to develop. Drafted in the third round in 2014, he didn't dress for a single game as a rookie and is still yet to play his first snap in a regular season game.
If Polumbus passes his physical, which is likely, the Broncos will have to make a roster move. It might be time to cut bait on Schofield. If the Broncos waive him and he passes through waivers, they could still sign him to the practice squad. And hope he turns the corner eventually.
Drafting offensive linemen has been Elway's achilles heel. That statement has been punctuated with an exclamation point with Michael Schofield. As for Polumbus, he will practice with the team today.
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