ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Broncos’ hopes for fullback Spencer Larsen to return from a knee injury ended Tuesday when they placed him on injured reserve.
Larsen missed Sunday’s game after being injured against the Chiefs on Jan. 1. Denver did not have a fullback on the active roster for the playoff win over the Steelers, opting to deactivate rookie fullback Austin Sylvester. This was the first time all season the Broncos played without a fullback, which has historically been a staple of Fox’s offensive strategy.
To replace Larsen, the Broncos promoted wide receiver D’Andre Goodwin from the practice squad, where he has been most of the season. He spent 18 days there in September, was released and then re-signed to the practice squad on Oct. 19.
“I know the offense pretty well,” Goodwin said. “I’ve been making sure I pay attention to every week’s game plan. My coaches did a great job of keeping me prepared.”
“This is just a great opportunity. (The) first game is a playoff game against New England. There. You can’t ask for anything more.”
The Broncos needed an extra wide receiver on the 53-man roster because of Eric Decker’s uncertain status. He suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament early in the second quarter Sunday and is “day-to-day,” Fox said Monday.
Decker was not on the field when practice began Tuesday morning.
Goodwin’s place on the practice squad was taken by fellow wide receiver Tim Toone, a product of Weber State.
SITTING OUT PRACTICE were Decker, safeties Brian Dawkins and David Bruton, defensive end Elvis Dumervil and tight end Daniel Fells.
Fox declined to elaborate on the nature of any injuries or the details behind their absence from practice, because the Broncos do not have to issue an injury report until Wednesday.
For a look at practice, peruse the images below: