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Nathaniel Hackett elusive when pressed on Broncos’ illnesses

What’s going on in Denver?

The Broncos have 5 gamers listed as questionable for Sunday’s sport towards the Titans, three of that are listed with illnesses. What form of sickness?

Denver coach Nathaniel Hackett wasn’t saying.

“It’s just an illness,” Hackett instructed reporters when requested if the illnesses are flu-related.

When requested if they’re COVID associated, he was once more evasive.

“[It’s just an] illness,” Hackett mentioned.

When he was requested whether or not or not the three gamers with illnesses — linebacker Nik Bonitto, huge receiver Kendall Hinton and cornerback Darius Phillips — are being remoted, Hackett began to sound extra like Bill Belichick.

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“They just have an illness,” he mentioned. “They just have an illness. There’s a lot of illness going around everywhere. My kids’ schools, everywhere.”

Last season, the Broncos had been hit onerous by COVID in Week 17, with 14 gamers, together with eight starters, put on the reserve/COVID-19 listing for his or her remaining sport of the common season.

Whether or not the three aforementioned gamers this week have COVID is unclear. The final participant within the NFL to formally be listed with it Seahawks working again Rashaad Penny on the finish of August.

The Broncos are just 3-5 under first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett.
The Broncos are simply 3-5 underneath first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett.
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Worse but for the struggling Broncos (3-5), they’re with out receiver Okay.J. Hamler (hamstring) and linebacker Baron Browning (hip) in addition to fullback/tight finish Andrew Beck (hamstring).

Hackett has already come underneath scrutiny on a number of events this season. The first-year head coach was broadly criticized for poor clock administration on a number of events early within the season, whereas Denver is averaging a paltry 15.1 factors per sport, third-worst within the NFL.

Meanwhile, Tennessee, at 5-3 and in first place within the AFC South, has its personal harm considerations with 5 gamers formally out and three extra questionable, together with quarterback Ryan Tannehill (ankle), although he did follow all week.

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