ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR/AP) – The Denver Broncos have activated off-season substitute Bradley Chubb from the injury reserve list after missing the last eight games with an ankle injury.
The 25-year-old Chubb is expected to start the game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, facing one of his former coaches.
Prior to becoming the Chargers head coach, Brandon Staley was hired by Broncos head coach Vic Fangio while he was in Chicago in 2017. Staley served as the Bears’ outside team coach for two seasons before Fangio take him with him when he leaves for the Broncos in 2019.
Staley coached and liked Chubb, but had a brief stint together before Chubb suffered a season-ending knee injury.
When Chubb returned in 2020 to start his return to the Pro Bowl, Staley made his mark with his head coach certification by leading the Rams’ highest-ranked attack as coordinator. their team member, a performance he has graded as head coach of this year’s Chargers at the age of 38.
Staley said he wouldn’t have gotten the gig if it hadn’t been for Fangio and Chubb.
Winning Fangio in his first Chicago interview “changed me and I’m forever grateful,” says Staley, who found another life-changer in Chubb.
“Bradley Chubb means so much to my family and to me, he’s one of my favorite players I’ve ever coached,” Staley said. “I have as much faith in him as any player I have coached and I have a lot of faith in his type of man, his type of leader, his type of opponents. I wouldn’t be here without him.”
Staley said having only four games together is one of the biggest regrets of his career. He was Chubb’s biggest fan last year when Chubb capped his return with a tearful Pro Bowl pitch, and he can’t wait to see him back from ankle surgery foot even if it made life harder for Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert on Sunday.
“I’m looking forward to him getting back on the field he belongs in,” Staley said. “He is one of the top riders in the game and I just pray that he comes back quickly. He means a lot to me. He is the best of the best.”
Fangio said Chubb will be a game-time decision. If he does play, he will be limited to 20 snaps or so, enough to give the Broncos an advantage as they try to speed up to re-run Austin Ekeler, who scored four goals in a win over Pittsburgh last week.
The Broncos also activated the Quinn Bailey problem-solving team from practice to active team. Bailey is a freshman offensive player from Arizona State University who played his first game of this season in Week 10, scoring a total of 5 times.
https://kdvr.com/sports/denver-broncos/bradley-chubb-activated-off-ir-expected-limited-play/ Bradley Chubb activated the IR; Chargers head coach Staley coached under Fangio