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CLEVELAND — Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy’s return from his Week 1 high ankle sprain will wait another 10 days after he was not activated from injured reserve for Thursday night’s game here.
Jeudy was designated-to-return last Saturday, meaning the Broncos have 21 days to place him on the 53-man roster or keep him on injured reserve for the season. The Washington game on Oct. 31 will be seven weeks post-injury.
By starting his clock, Jeudy is allowed to participate in all team practice sessions. Following Tuesday’s first walk-through, he ran several routes and caught passes from backup quarterback Drew Lock.
Jeudy had six catches for 72 yards against the New York Giants on Sept. 12.
Inactive for the Browns game were running back Mike Boone, offensive tackle Cam Fleming, cornerback Kary Vincent, safety Jamar Johnson, quarterback Brett Rypien, inside linebacker Baron Browning (concussion) and outside linebacker Aaron Patrick (ankle).
Boone missed the first five games with a quad injury and played only six offensive snaps in the loss to Las Vegas. Listed as questionable but active were quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (quad/ankle), left tackle Garett Bolles (knee) and safety Caden Sterns (illness).
Bassey, Dawson updates. Broncos cornerback Essang Bassey and safety/cornerback Duke Dawson, who sustained torn ACLs last December, were eligible to be activated from the physically unable to perform list this week, but the team opted to wait until next week.
“We’ll probably start practicing them here at some point,” coach Vic Fangio said on Tuesday. “We didn’t think this week was doable because we’re not really practicing.”
Bassey and Dawson have been doing side-field work the entire regular season. Players on the PUP list must sit out a minimum of Weeks 1-6. The Broncos have five weeks to decide to activate either player or end their season.
Bridgewater’s feat. In Sunday’s loss to the Raiders, Bridgewater completed 71.4% of his passes and threw three interceptions, only the 82nd time that has happened (at least 70% completion rate and three interceptions) since 1950, per the Pro Football Reference search engine.
It was the second time a Broncos quarterback achieved the feat. In 1981, Craig Morton was at 71.4% with four interceptions in a 28-10 win over the Baltimore Colts. Helping Bridgewater’s completion percentage was going 18 of 21 on attempts of five or fewer “air” yards. The three incompletions were a throwaway, batted-down pass, and interception.
Robinson’s chance. Early in training camp, when starter Josey Jewell was injured (hamstring) and backup Browning (leg) hadn’t started practicing yet, undrafted rookie Curtis Robinson handled the relaying-of-play-calls for the first-team defense. Robinson was cut after the preseason, but was a practice squad call-up for the Week 4 Baltimore game (17 special teams snaps) and was signed to the 53-man roster Tuesday.
“I didn’t see a whole lot of him during the (pre-) draft process, but obviously, I’ve seen a lot of him since,” Fangio said. “With the injuries we’ve sustained, he’s going to have to be a major contributor to the special teams. We’re confident that, if he has to play defense, he’ll be able to go in there and know what to do.”
Communication adjustments. Minus inside linebacker Alexander Johnson (torn pectoral), the Broncos turned to Micah Kiser, which meant a new level of communication for safety Justin Simmons.
“(Johnson) and I have played in however many games together so when we get the same calls and get certain looks, there was a certain point in time where I didn’t have to communicate with him, ‘How are we going to play this? What does this look like to you?’ and we know,” Simmons said on Tuesday. “That’s my job (with Kiser and inside linebacker Justin Strnad). I’m in the secondary so I can kind of see the big picture. I’ve got to be able to communicate to those guys what’s going on.”
Footnotes. Receiver John Brown and outside linebacker Pita Taumoepenu were the Broncos’ game-day practice squad call-ups. Brown played six offensive snaps against Las Vegas and Taumoepenu was signed to the practice squad Tuesday. … Former Broncos fullback Andy Janovich was placed on Cleveland’s injured reserve Oct. 12 (hamstring). Janovich was traded to the Browns for a 2021 seventh-round pick the Broncos used to take defensive lineman Marquiss Spencer. … Broncos tight end Albert Okwuegbunam (hamstring) missed his third consecutive game so he is eligible to come off injured reserve for the Washington game. … Receiver Tyrie Cleveland was active after being promoted from the practice squad. … Inside linebacker Barrington Wade made his NFL regular season debut.