There must be something in the water. In the past two days, players from four different opponents on the Denver Broncos 2014 regular season schedule, have disqualified themselves. Bills Middle Linebacker, Kiko Alonso, who had 159 Tackles, 2 sacks, 5 Pass Breakups, 4 Interceptions, 1 Forced Fumble and 2 Recoveries as a rookie in 2013, tore an ACL and is out for the season. Buffalo has tabbed rookie Preston Brown to fill in for Kiko, but that kind of production and leadership is difficult to replace. The Bills visit Mile High on December 7th in Week 14, so they have some time to shore things up.
Today we find out that the Opening Day opponent, Indianapolis Colts will do without WR LaVon Brazill, who was suspended for at least one year for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Brazill’s absence may or may not hurt the Colts and really shouldn’t affect their matchup with the Broncos simply because there are 4 or 5 other healthy receivers ready for the opener. That is, if the Colts make it through Training Camp without injury. LaVon was allegedly competing for a 5th Receiver spot. The 3rd- year Wideout has 23 catches, 347 yards and 3 Touchdowns in 2 seasons with Indy and while he may not be missed in the opener, Hakeem Nicks, Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen haven’t played full seasons in awhile. We shall see how that works out come playoff time.
P.S. Robert Mathis is also suspended for 4 games and that will make a difference. (Hat tip to Joe Morrone)
The Kansas City Chiefs roll into the Mile High city in Week 2 and they will be without the services of Offensive Lineman Rokevious Watkins, who drew a four game suspension for a second violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. I found this on Rotoworld:
Drafted in the fifth round by the Rams in 2012, Watkins’ career has been derailed by injuries and weight issues. He is running out of chances.
With all the other changes to the Chiefs O-Line during the offseason, this can’t help matters. They lost Tackle Branden Albert (Dolphins),G Geoff Schwartz (Giants) and G Jon Asamoah (Falcons) to Free Agency and 2nd year Tackle Eric Fisher is coming off shoulder and sports hernia injuries. Rookie sixth-round pick Zach Fulton has been penciled in at Right Guard, the position Watkins was battling for. With that much shake up on an Offensive Line, do you think they will have it all together by the second game of the season?
Week 12 opponent, the Miami Dolphins also received word from the League office today that they will have to go on without Pass Rushing Defensive End Dion Jordan for the first 4 weeks of the season. Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 draft, tested positive for stimulants that are banned under the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He will be able to play in Week 6 and have an extra week to shake off the rust due to the Dolphins Week 5 Bye. Will this matter in Miami’s Week 12 visit to Mile High? Maybe. Maybe not.
Perhaps I am even making too much of this. We’ll see.
Either way, I don’t think it will affect the Bronco plans to attain their overall goal in 2014.
– Kaptain Kirk