Denver Broncos LB Bradley Chubb set for ankle surgery, eyes return later this season

ENGLEWOOD (Colo.) -- Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb suffered a left ankle injury in Sunday's 23-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday for a bone spur.
Chubb stated Tuesday that he felt a "stab-type pain" in his ankle during a pass rush just a minute before the start of Sunday's second half. Chubb initially tried to walk off of the field but fell to his knees and was then helped to the bench.

Chubb missed practice in training camp due to the injury. He did not play in the season opener because he and the Broncos hoped that rest and treatment would help "settle it down". In recent days, the Broncos medical staff consulted Dr. Robert Anderson. Anderson is a well-respected foot and ankle specialist who performed surgery on many of the NFL's most prominent players.

If things go well, the veteran of fourth year will likely be transferred to injured reserve. The recovery time is expected to take approximately seven to eight weeks.

Chubb stated to the team's website, "I tried turning the corner but it wasn't all that far.'' On the play, he was hurt.

He stated that "We're now 2-0" and that he knew the team was doing all they could to maintain their win streak. "I wish I could be part of it. But I know that I will be back at the end of the season and helping to make the playoff push. That's what I'm most excited about.

Chubb participated in 19 plays during the game. This was the first time Von Miller and Chubb had been in uniform together in a regular-season contest since Week 4, 2019, when Chubb tore his ACL.

Chubb was named to his first Pro Bowl in the last season. Since being picked fifth by the Broncos with the 2018 draft, he has recorded 20.5 sacks in 35 matches.

Vic Fangio, Broncos coach, said Monday that he tried to follow it. He had medical clearance. He was willing to do it. It did it again.

Fangio was asked Monday if Fangio had considered holding Chubb out of the lineup for a bit longer. He replied: "Not really. Because the medical professionals thought it would basically be the same yesterday and next Sunday. He felt great about playing, and they felt good about him being allowed to play. He played.

In Chubb's absence Malik Reed will take most of the snaps, but rookie Jonathon Cooper may get some playing time.

Chubb isn’t the only Broncos defensive player to be injured this week. Josey Jewell, inside linebacker for the Broncos, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after suffering a pectoral injury.