ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Tackle Garett Bolles will not practice Wednesday, but he is not expected to be placed on injured reserve, according to Head Coach Vic Fangio.
Bolles suffered an ankle injury on Melvin Gordon III's late touchdown run during the Broncos' win over the Washington Football Team and did not return to the game. The 2017 first-round pick has missed just one game in his five-year career, and that missed start was the result of an illness.
Fangio said the team is preparing for reserve tackle Calvin Anderson to play at left tackle in Bolles' absence.
"I need to see him play the way he's capable of playing, which I think is at a good level," Fangio said. "I have a lot of confidence in Calvin. I have for a long time. He knows that. I expect him to go out there and play good. I really do."
Anderson has two career starts and has played 13 offensive snaps for the Broncos this season.
If Bolles were placed on injured reserve, he would be required to miss at least three games. The Broncos' decision to keep him on the active roster may suggest he could return sooner than that time frame.
Cornerback Bryce Callahan, though, is expected to be placed on injured reserve. Fangio said Callahan will not undergo surgery after suffering a knee injury against Washington, but he noted that Callahan "will be out for a few weeks."
Fangio said in Callahan's absence, Nate Hairston and Kyle Fuller would be the main options to play slot cornerback.
"In a pinch, Patrick Surtain [II] could go back in there," Fangio said.
Fangio also said safety Caden Sterns also would not practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury, but he expects the rookie will be ready to play.
UPDATE: On Wednesday afternoon, the Broncos announced they had officially placed Callahan on IR.