Week 3 of 2022: Broncos vs. 49ers



After dominating the Texans, the Broncos will be looking to build on their first win of the season as the 49ers come to town for “Sunday Night Football.” Strategist Russell Wilson will face a familiar foe in a former NFC West rival, and he could use another great performance from the wide receiver Courtland Sutton – especially if a wide comrade jerry jedy remains out with a rib injury that forced him out of Denver’s Week 2 game. Against a pass rush led by defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead, Wilson will have to make decisions quickly and be the most agile to avoid them in the backfield. A good day from the rushing tandem of the Broncos of Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon 3 could go far, but the 49ers’ point defense, led by linebacker Fred Warnercurrently ranks No. 1 in the league in yards allowed per carry.

Defensively, the Broncos now face a more experienced quarterback under center with a different style of play after the start Trey Lance suffered a season-ending ankle injury last week. In his place will be the former holder, Jimmy Garoppolo, who helped the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game a year ago. While three times Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle still waiting to make 2022 debut due to groin injury, Garoppolo still has 2021 first-team All-Pro wide receiver Deebo Samuelwho can take the charge in attack.


Note: The Broncos and 49ers will be updating their injury reports throughout the week, and that information will be reflected here when it becomes available. To stay up to date, you can consultthis pagefor the latest report available.

According to head coach Nathaniel Hackett on Monday, Jeudy is a cornerback Pat Surtain II (shoulder) are “day to day” after sustaining injuries in Sunday’s win over Houston, and they didn’t practice Wednesday. Neither did the following Broncos: Gregory (knee), DT DJ Jones (ankle), G/C Quinn Meinerz (hamstrings) and CB Darius Phillips (tendon). WR KJ Hamler (knee/hip), ILB Josey Jewell (calf) and S Caden Sterns (hip) were limited. And OL Billy Turn and credit card K’Waun Williams were full participants.

The biggest injury question for San Francisco will likely be whether Kittle will be able to play. The star tight end has only practiced once since the start of the regular season and is yet to play in a game this season.


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