If Healthy, Ty Sambrailo Will Start At Left Tackle For The Denver Broncos In Week 8

Ty Sambrailo returned to practice Monday, following the Broncos bye week. After practice, head coach Gary Kubiak said that if fully healthy, Sambrailo will return to the starting lineup at left tackle.

Rookie offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo injured his shoulder late in the Denver Broncos Week 3 win in Detroit. He hasn't seen the field since—until today. 

Sambrailo was among several banged up Broncos who returned to practice Monday. In Sambrailo's absence, the Broncos went with Ryan Harris at left tackle and Michael Schofield at right tackle. 

Tyler Polumbus rotated in and out some with Harris, but the Broncos offensive line clearly improved as a unit, over the last couple of games before the bye, after struggling mightily to start the season. 

Will the Broncos mess with a good thing and insert Sambrailo back into the starting lineup? Head coach Gary Kubiak gave us the answer today following practice. 

“I think if Ty is ready to go, he is our starter," Kubiak said. "I think he's earned that right to do that. Now whether he would be ready to go back and play a bunch of plays, that's something we'll have to determine as we look throughout the course of the week. [It is a] big week of practice for him.”

If Sambrailo is able to practice throughout the week, he'll start on Sunday vs. the Green Bay Packers and a pass rush that has notched 23 sacks on the season. Only the Broncos defense has more sacks than Green Bay. 

All things considered, it doesn't sound like a recipe for success. If Sambrailo had been consistent in his three starts at LT, it would make sense to immediately return him to the starting lineup. 

But he wasn't. Earlier today, Khalid Alshami did a great job articulating Sambrailo's struggles and how he compares to Harris at left tackle. Plugging Sambrailo back in at LT begs another question. Who will start on the right side? 

Harris started off the season at RT, but Schofield has been solid in his three starts. We won't know the answer to that particular question for a few days. Until then, here's to hoping Kubiak makes the right decision. 

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