ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Head Coach Gary Kubiak announced Wednesday that the team will place fullback Andy Janovich on injured reserve at some point this week following a season-ending ankle injury he suffered at the beginning of Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Janovich, who had surgery on Tuesday, hurt his ankle on the very first play from scrimmage, but still went on to play 31 more offensive snaps and seven more special-teams plays.
The Broncos began their on-field preparation for the Jaguars on Wednesday. (photos by Gabriel Christus, unless noted)
"He played the whole game, too," Kubiak said. "[He] struggled throughout the course of the game. We knew he was struggling. He said he was fine. He's a really tough kid. But it happened on the screen, first play of the game. When he caught the ball, [it] got rolled up. And he battled through the game and then the next morning we went to take a look and we had an issue, something that needed to be fixed."
Kubiak and the Broncos have a contingency plan that starts with reserve RB/FB Juwan Thompson.
"Juwan works there and obviously [tight ends] Virgil [Green] and A.J. [Derby] can play there, too," Kubiak said. "So we'll just have to move some guys up. But we'll miss him. When that kid was healthy and playing good, really it was a boost for our football team. We'll miss him, but he's got a bright future. He'll be fine. He'll get healthy."