January 26, 2022

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Fit And Go Forward

Broncos’ secondary re-groups after losing cornerback A.J. Bouye

Only three weeks ago, the Broncos appeared in decent shape at cornerback. Starters Bryce Callahan and A.J. Bouye were healthy and rookie Essang Bassey had seized the nickel role.

In the win over Miami, Callahan and Bouye played all 65 snaps and Bassey 54.

Now they’re all gone.

Callahan (foot) is on injured reserve, out at least two more games. Bassey (knee) is done for the season. And Bouye was suspended six games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The attrition leaves rookie Michael Ojemudia and veteran DeVante Bausby as the top two cornerbacks Sunday against Carolina, followed by some combination of Kevin Toliver, Will Parks and Duke Dawson as the nickel.

“It’s just another (dose) of adversity you have to deal with and you have to get through it and move on and that’s what these (players) have done a good job of all year and I expect them to continue to do that for the next four weeks,” coach Vic Fangio said before practice.

Bouye told Fangio about the possibility of a suspension “a couple of weeks ago,” which means Bouye’s camp was in the process of an appeal with the league. The NFL does not announce discipline until an appeal has been heard and decided.

“I was disappointed for him,” Fangio said. “Players have to make really, really good judgments with the people they trust with their career and their finances and obviously something went wrong with this person he dealt with and trusted. It’s a disappointing situation for everybody.”

Acquired from Jacksonville for a fourth-round pick, Bouye’s first — and maybe only — season with the Broncos was disappointing. He injured his shoulder in the Week 1 loss to Tennessee and missed the next four games; he sustained a concussion in the Week 8 win over the Los Angeles Chargers and missed the next game (loss at Atlanta).

In seven games, Bouye had 23 tackles, seven pass break-ups and no interceptions.

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