Sambrailo finished out Sunday morning’s practice, but did not participate Monday. Sambrailo, who started three games at left tackle last season, spent much of his rookie season on injured reserve after he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in a Week 3 game against the Detroit Lions. He was moved to left guard at the start of offseason workouts.
"He’s got a little elbow issue he’s working with," said Broncos coach Gary Kubiak. "... He’s probably going to be day-to-day ... he’s probably going to miss a few days. It kind of got hyper-extended a little bit."
With backup guard Sam Brenner having suffered a concussion in Sunday’s practice, Sambrailo’s injury meant it was rookie guard Connor McGovern at left guard with the starters. McGovern, who was one of the strongest players in the draft, was the Broncos’ fifth-round pick.
Kubiak said he considered moving some other players around to cover for Sambrailo’s absence, but then decided to move McGovern into the lineup.
"As a coach, sometimes you don’t make a decision you might make in a game," Kubiak said. "You say 'hey, I’m in camp, I’ve got four, five weeks here, I don’t want to hurt people moving them around, the natural thing was for Connor to move up."
Sambrailo had finished out Sunday’s practiced with a brace on his arm, but Kubiak said Sambrailo's elbow swelled over night.
'We just felt like we needed to make a move," Kubiak said. "... This will give Billy a chance."