ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos got some good news on the injury front and are poised to promote a player from their practice squad as well this week, possibly as soon as Tuesday.
But exams Monday showed tackle Orlando Franklin has a sprained left ankle and sprained left knee, but an MRI revealed no unexpected damage in either joint and the Broncos now believe he could be back in two weeks. The Broncos play at Indianapolis Sunday before Washington comes to Denver Oct. 27.
The Broncos then have a bye week Nov. 3, so Franklin is expected to be ready to go for a Nov. 10 game in San Diego. However, if Franklin progresses quickly there is an outside chance, the Broncos feel, he could be ready to play against the Redskins.
The Broncos will look at playing Winston Justice at right tackle, but if they don’t believe Justice, who signed after the season began, is ready to go they will stick with the lineup they used after Franklin left Sunday’s 35-19 win over the Jaguars -- with guard Louis Vasquez moving out to tackle and Chris Kuper playing at right guard.
The Broncos are expected to make a roster move this week with the Packers having shown interest in signing rookie wide receiver Tavarres King off Denver's practice squad. King, who can say no to a potential roster spot elsewhere if he wishes, is now expected to be signed to the Broncos’ 53-man roster. King, a part of this year's draft class, was among the final cuts after training camp.
The Broncos will have to make a roster move to promote King. They will also have to make a roster move for linebacker Von Miller at some point.
In the past, players coming off suspensions have received one-week roster exemptions.