The injury bug is no respector of persons. That virulent insect has bitten the Denver Broncos over the last couple of weeks, taking down starting safety T.J. Ward in Week 12 and David Bruton in Week 13.
Both players are considered day to day. However, head coach Gary Kubiak feels the touch of Lady Luck as it relates to Bruton's injury.
"David Bruton, I’ve seen some reports out there, but the bottom line is that we feel very fortunate with David," Kubiak said Monday. "I think he’s in a day-to-day process. We’ll see how he does.”
After Ward's injury, the Broncos brought back safety Josh Bush, who spent all of OTAs and training camp in Denver and even made the opening game roster. Bush played a lot in San Diego, and even forced a fumble.
The Denver medical staff must not be optimistic that Ward or Bruton will play this week vs. Oakland, because the Broncos signed Shiloh Keo Wednesday, after releasing quarterback Christian Ponder Tuesday.
Keo, 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, was a fifth round pick of Kubiak and the Houston Texans back in 2011 out of Idaho. He's played quite a bit on defense, but mostly made his mark on special teams, where he was once voted a team captain.
Keo's most recent team was the Cincinnati Bengals, where he competed in the preseason, but was waived on September 5th.
Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is very familiar with Keo, having coached him for the first three years of his career. Keo brings toughness and physicality to the table and should fit in nicely with the Broncos defense.
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