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Broncos designate OLB Bradley Chubb and CB Michael Ojemudia for return from IR, place T Garett Bolles on Reserve/COVID-19 list


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos could soon regain one of their top playmakers.

Denver designated outside linebacker Bradley Chubb for return from injured reserve, and he practiced on Monday as the team returned to the field following the bye week.

The Broncos also designated cornerback Michael Ojemudia for return from IR and placed tackle Garett Bolles on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Denver has 21 days to decide whether to activate Chubb and Ojemudia to the team's 53-man roster. If the Broncos choose not to activate them, they will revert to IR for the remainder of the season.

Head Coach Vic Fangio said the Broncos will use a "logical, conservative progression" as Chubb nears his return to action.

"He's going to do some individual [drills] today," Fangio said. "If that goes good, he'll grab a handful of plays in practice. If not today, then we'll see where he's at Wednesday."

Fangio said despite having a rehab process with "ups and downs," Chubb has felt better of late.

"I think in the last week or so, he's had a bunch of good days in a row," Fangio said, "and I think he's anxious to give it a go today and see where he's at."

If the team can regain Chubb, the team would add a "complete player," according to Fangio. Both Chubb and Ojemudia are eligible to play in Week 12 against the Chargers if activated.

Chubb has played just one game this season, a Week 2 start in which he played 19 defensive snaps before leaving with an injury. He earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2020 as he recorded 7.5 sacks and was among the league leaders in pressures.

Ojemudia started 11 games as a rookie, recording six passes defensed and four forced fumbles, but he has not played this year after suffering an injury during the preseason.

Bolles, meanwhile, will have to receive two negative COVID tests separated by 24 hours in order to return to the active roster. Fangio said Bolles is vaccinated, which suggests Bolles tested positive for the virus.

Bolles missed the previous two games with an ankle injury and would miss his third consecutive game if he does not clear the virus protocol.

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