ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After the Broncos announced Monday that Bradley Chubb suffered a partially torn ACL during Sunday's game against Jacksonville, the team bolstered its outside linebacking corps on Tuesday by signing veteran edge rusher Jeremiah "Jerry" Attaochu.
The former second-round pick, who spent his first four years in the NFL with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, is in his sixth NFL season and has recorded 12 sacks and three forced fumbles. Attaochu most recently competed on the Chiefs' roster during the 2019 offseason after a season with the Jets.
After announcing the news on Monday, Head Coach Vic Fangio said losing Chubb for the year was a big blow to the team.
"It’s a huge loss," Fangio said. "He’s one of our better players, obviously. He’s a tempo setter, great player, great person, leader and all that."
Going forward, Fangio said he expected to fill Chubb's role with a rotation of the team's options, including rookie Malik Reed.
"We’ll figure out how to get a plan going and how we’ll fill that void," Fangio said. "It will probably be more of a committee thing. ... [Reed] played a lot of his preseason snap against other teams’ backups, so it’s not a great sample. He had some plays in there yesterday, one that he missed, so we’ll find out."
The Broncos made another transaction Tuesday, waiving linebacker Keishawn Bierria and signing tackle Calvin Anderson to the active roster from the Jets' practice squad. Anderson was a waiver claim by the Jets after he spent the offseason with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent signing. The former Texas Longhorn received All-Big 12 honorable mention honors in 2018 after transferring from Rice, where he was a two-time All-Conference USA selection.