ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The injury report for Sunday’s game tells a rather complete tale for both the Denver Broncos and New York Giants.
For the Broncos, who are coming off a bye week, there are no starters listed as “out” for Sunday’s game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Wide receiver Cody Latimer (knee) and quarterback Paxton Lynch (shoulder) are the only players who missed practice time this week because of injury. It means the Broncos are, across the roster, as healthy as they’ve been since early in training camp.
The Giants, however, have listed seven players on the league’s game-status report as “out” for Sunday’s game in Denver. Six, including five starters, are injured. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been suspended by the team.
That total also doesn’t even include the three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, the Giants placed on injured reserve early in the week. Broncos coach Vance Joseph said after Friday’s practice the Giants’ injuries have been accounted for in the Broncos’ game-planning process, but it isn’t something he would specifically remind them about in Saturday night’s team meeting.
“It’s really about our standards,” Joseph said. “… Our goal Sunday is to play our best game of the year … If you’re on Saturday night talking about a team that’s gotten beat by a team with injuries, you’ve missed the boat. That conversation was a brief one Monday morning … We’re talking about our assignments.”
That play “to our standards” has been the real message of the week as the Broncos have prepared for the 0-5 Giants. President of football operations/general manager John Elway dropped the phrase on his weekly radio appearance early in the week and Joseph has expressed some variation of it in the days since.
For the Broncos the Kansas City Chiefs’ 5-0 start has their attention in the AFC West race.
“You have to be prepared for whatever,” said linebacker Von Miller. “You have to be desperate for a win or it’s just not going to happen.”