Broncos Preview Capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)
New faces: QB Case Keenum, RB Royce Freeman, RB Phillip Lindsay, WR Courtland Sutton, WR DaeSean Hamilton, RT Jared Veldheer, CB Adam "Pacman" Jones, DE Clinton McDonald, ILB Jose Jewell, OLB Bradley Chubb, ILB Alexander Johnson, CB Tramaine Brock, S Su'a Cravens, CB Isaac Yiadom, P Marquette King.
Key losses: CB Aqib Talib, QB Trevor Siemian, QB Brock Osweiler, RB C.J. Anderson, TE Virgil Green, WR Cody Latimer, OL Menelik Watson, S Jamal Carter, P Riley Dixon.
Chargers Preview Capsule
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (9-7)
New faces: C Mike Pouncey, TE Virgil Green, S Derwin James, LB Uchenna Nwosu, QB Geno Smith, PK Caleb Sturgis, PK Roberto Aguayo.
Key losses: S Tre Boston, TE Antonio Gates, DL Jeremiah Attaochu, TE Hunter Henry (injury), CB Jason Verrett (injury).
Broncos Training Camp Capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Englewood, Colorado
LAST YEAR: Coach Vance Joseph's first year was debacle in every phase. Denver's anemic offense cycled through three QBs during soured season that included eight-game skid, franchise's longest in half-century, and featured eight double-digit losses. Exhausted defense surrendered too many points and special teams were anything but. GM John Elway thought about firing Joseph but decided to give him second chance and then bolstered roster.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Virgil Green is used to trading personal gain for the success of the team.
In his first season with the Los Angeles Chargers, the veteran tight end's unselfishness might be exactly what is needed following the loss of emerging star Hunter Henry to a serious knee injury.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chargers tight end Hunter Henry tore an anterior cruciate ligament during practice, likely sidelining him for next season.
The team announced the injury on its Twitter account on Tuesday. It did not specify which knee or how the injury occurred.
Hunter, a second-round pick in 2016, had 45 receptions for 579 yards and four TDs last season for the Chargers, who finished 9-7. For his career, he has 81 catches for 1,057 yards and 12 touchdowns.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers signed tight end Virgil Green to a three-year contract and kept safety Adrian Phillips with a one-year deal on Wednesday.
The team also extended tenders to receiver Tyrell Williams and defensive end Chris McCain.
Denver Broncos free agency capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: ILBs Todd Davis and Corey Nelson; DEs Jared Crick and Billy Wynn; QB Brock Osweiler; WR Cody Latimer; TE Virgil Green; RB Jamaal Charles; OL Allen Barbre; OT Donald Stephenson; G Billy Turner.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: G Shaquil Barrett; WR Bennie Fowler; C Matt Paradis.
Broncos waive their most productive tight end
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Thin at tight end, the Denver Broncos made a roster move Saturday that cost them their most productive player at the position.
Down to Virgil Green as their only healthy tight end, the Broncos (3-6) promoted former Wisconsin Badger Austin Traylor from their practice squad. To make room, they waived third-year pro A.J. Derby, who missed practice all week with a shoulder injury while Jeff Heuerman (knee) was also out.
Broncos know QB switch isn’t the only fix
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos' locker room is abuzz over Brock Osweiler 's promotion after Trevor Siemian's dozen turnovers cost him his starting job this week.
Broncos missing Sanders, Chiefs missing Duvernay-Tardif
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Broncos remain without wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the Chiefs are missing offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif for their important AFC West showdown Monday night.
Sanders was a longshot to play after hurting his ankle in a loss to the Giants on Oct. 15, while Duvernay-Tardif practiced this week but is still missing his fourth straight game with a knee injury.
Both teams activated key players off injured reserve earlier in the day.
Neither Broncos quarterback is gaining on the other
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — On a day Jamaal Charles made his first training camp appearance in 7-on-7 drills, the Denver Broncos' quarterback competition remained stuck in neutral.
Chiefs’ Houston, Broncos’ top 2 tight ends out for showdown
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs are missing top pass rusher Justin Houston and the Broncos are without tight ends Virgil Green and A.J. Derby for their important AFC West showdown on Sunday night.
Broncos safety T.J. Ward is also out with a concussion, while linebacker Brandon Marshall misses his third straight game with a pulled hamstring. They are joined on the inactive list by linebackers Quentin Gause and Vontarrius Dora and offensive lineman Connor McGovern.
Broncos rule out Ward, Green, Derby for KC showdown
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Broncos' narrow path to the playoffs grew even more precarious Friday when their leading tackler and top two tight ends were ruled out for this weekend's game against the Chiefs .
The Broncos (8-6) could see their playoff hopes evaporate with a loss to the Chiefs (10-4) on Christmas night.
Broncos trade for Patriots backup tight end Derby
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos traded a 2017 fifth-round pick to the rival New England Patriots in exchange for tight end A.J. Derby.
To make room, they released veteran safety Shiloh Keo for the second time this season.
Derby was a sixth-round draft pick out of Arkansas last year and has played in four games for the Patriots this season after spending his rookie season on IR.