ENGLEWOOD — Bradley Chubb has had a rough few days.
The Broncos outside linebacker was detained by the Douglas County sheriff's department Tuesday for a failure-to-appear warrant, after receiving a misdemeanor in May for driving under restraint. That appears to be behind him now, with coach Vic Fangio saying Wednesday, "Bradley's a high-standing individual" and that "it's over and done with."
But now just days before the Broncos' season opener, it appears Chubb's availability Sunday at the Giants is in question, as he did not practice Wednesday.
"Bradley's ankle is still troubling him some," Fangio said Wednesday. "It's just been slow to come around."
This is a different tone than what Fangio had to say Monday, which was that Chubb would be ready to go. But still, the hope is that he's able to play Sunday, and practice the rest of the week.
"It depends on how he feels when he gets out here. He'll either be limited or DNP (did not practice)," Fangio said. "I weigh that each and every week unless it's the last game of the season. We'll do the best thing for him and the team."
If Chubb can't play Sunday, Malik Reed would likely start in his place. And either way, it appears Reed will likely see a good amount of playing time against the Giants.
"Malik has been the beneficiary of the misfortunes we’ve had at that position over the past two years," Fangio said, "and he’s played a lot of football for us. He’ll be ready to go.”
Fangio responds to report detailing 2020 QB debacle
In a story by the LA Times this week, new light was shed on the Broncos quarterback debacle last season, in which Denver was forced to play the Saints Week 14 without a quarterback due to the four quarterbacks — Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, Jeff Driskel and Blake Bortles — not following COVID-19 protocols.
The story reports that "the quarterbacks had tried to fool the system. They had removed their contact-tracing devices and put them in the four corners of the meeting room, then they sat together to watch film."
Fangio was asked about the report and incident Wednesday.
“To me, that’s ancient history," Fangio said. "We dealt with that back when it happened. I said my piece then, and we’ve moved on.”
Gordon has sights set on Super Bowl
Expectations are high in Denver this season, following four straight losing seasons and five straight seasons missing the playoffs. But veteran running back Melvin Gordon believes the Broncos can change that this season.
He, and his teammates, have their sights set on the Super Bowl.
"We want to bring that here because this is a winning culture here," Gordon said. "We want to get that Super Bowl. We want to know how it feels. We’re tired of looking at (Chiefs QB) Patrick Mahomes holding it up and (Buccaneers QB) Tom Brady holding up the trophy at the end of the year. We want to change that."