DeMarcus Ware and Donald Stephenson Will Both Miss Time for Denver Broncos

Which players will pick up the slack as Ware and Stephenson are both on the mend?

Although the Denver Broncos captured a 34-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts yesterday, they did not escape the battle unscathed, losing two key pieces on either side of the line. 

According to Ian Rappaport of NFL Media, the Broncos will be without OLB DeMarcus Ware and RT Donald Stephenson for a few weeks.

Ware is expected to be out for somewhere around a month after fracturing the ulna in his right forearm. The injury will require surgery but a three-to-six week timetable for a recovery is still expected.

For Stephenson, it's a left calf injury that should sideline the former Chief for about two or three weeks. Some feared that he may have suffered a tear in his calf, but tests proved otherwise.

In the meantime, the Broncos will have to count on their depth in order to pick up the slack while Ware and Stephenson are on the mend over the next month or so.

At right tackle, the Broncos will most likely stick with the alignment they turned to after Stephenson left; kicking Michael Schofield over to right tackle and plugging in Darrion Weems at right guard. Although Schofield has appeared more comfortable inside thus far, the replacement plan was fairly effective in yesterday's win, save for a play in which Schofield accidentally tripped over his own feet while in the process of backpedaling.

To replace Ware, it will be the usual suspects that come in to rush the passer and stuff the run opposite Von MillerShaquil Barrett will get plenty of snaps, as will Shane Ray, who scooped up a Luck fumble and took it to the house to seal the victory a day ago.

Injuries are never ideal, but they're a common obstacle that the season will place on the road to victory. Denver has had the foresight and the depth to overcome this one.

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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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