The Squeeze: How the Broncos spent their bye week


Even when the Broncos can get away from football, many of them don't want to be away from it. A handful of players used their weekend off to head back to their alma maters to take in a game (or two, if you're Von Miller).

Bradley Chubb received a very special honor from his school, though, returning for NC State's Thursday-night game against Wake Forest to watch the Wolfpack retire No. 9, the number he and former first-overall pick Mario Williams wore.

Justin Simmons also went back for a special reason: Boston College had a big game against Clemson and "College GameDay" was in town. To help hype up the team, Simmons delivered a speech at the team's Friday afternoon walkthrough.

And then there's Von Miller, who returned to College Station for a weekend back at Texas A&M. He started it off by watching the Aggies' men's basketball team take on UC Irvine alongside fellow A&M alumni Tony Jerod-Eddie and Martellus Bennett, and then he watched the football team take down Ole Miss on Saturday.

Get well soon!

Matt Paradis provided an update on his health Friday, tweeting out a picture of him resting up on his couch a couple of days after surgery to get him started on his recovery to heal a broken fibula and torn ligaments in his leg. He received support from his teammates, of course, and he also got encouragement from Russell Okung, a former teammate and now-rival on the Los Angeles Chargers.

Jake Butt's Estes Park adventure

While some players traveled long distances for their bye-week plans, Jake Butt stayed in Colorado and explored Estes Park, home to The Stanley Hotel, which was the inspiration for the infamous Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's "The Shining."

The visit, coupled with his interest in the western-themed video game "Red Dead Redemption 2," left him inspired by the American West, and he couldn't resist taking home a new hat.

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