Denver Broncos left guard Evan Mathis is questionable to play during Denver’s Sunday night matchup with the undefeated New England Patriots. Mathis is dealing with an ankle injury and participated in practice for the first time this week on Friday.
Mathis’ ankle injury is the second major injury he has dealt with this season. Earlier in the year, he played through a hamstring injury that cost him an entire week of practice, but he has yet to miss a game this season.
Despite joining the Broncos roster late in the preseason process, Mathis seems to have found his footing in Gary Kubiak's offense and his has improved every week. The tape reveals him to be a bright spot on a Broncos offensive line that is among the worst in the NFL. According to Pro Football Focus, Mathis is the third best guard in the National Football League.
Mathis has started every game this season for the Broncos, but Kubiak is not confident about Mathis’ ability to play on Sunday. “It’s a game time decision with Evan,” Kubiak said. We’ll work him out before the game.”
The pro bowl guard suffered the ankle injury during the Broncos 17-15 win last Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
In the event Mathis is not able to play on Sunday night, fans should expect rookie Max Garcia to replace him in the starting lineup. Garcia was a standout during training camp and has played well in limited time this season.
Kubiak thinks Garcia will be able to contribute if called upon Sunday night. “Max has had a good week,” Kubiak said.