2 Broncos cleared for Chargers game after COVID-19 isolation

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Two Broncos offensive linemen were cleared to play against the Chargers this weekend after 24-hour isolations as a precaution following guard Graham Glasgow ’s novel coronavirus infection.

Guard Austin Sclottmann and starting right tackle Demar Dotson got the go-ahead Saturday when the Broncos (2-4) resumed preparations for the Chargers (2-4). Coach Vic Fangio had postponed practice Friday after Glasgow’s test came back positive.

“These guys have done a good job of wearing their masks and keeping distanced enough to where they weren’t deemed a major risk,” Fangio said of Dotson, Denver's starting right tackle, and Schlottmann, a backup guard/ centre .

Schlottmann will start for Glasgow at right guard Sunday.

The Chargers also reported a positive COVID-19 test this week. They placed guard Ryan Groy on the league’s COVID-19 reserve list Thursday and cancelled practice that day. They resumed practice Friday.

With Glasgow on the reserve/COVID-19 list, wide receiver Fred Brown was elevated as a COVID-19 replacement for Week 8 and added to the roster for the game.

The Broncos also activated inside linebacker Austin Calitro from injured reserve and promoted running back/fullback Jeremy Cox from their practice squad along with guard/ centre Patrick Morris.

Finally, they placed tight end/fullback Andrew Beck (hamstring) on injured reserve.

The Broncos listed running back Phillip Lindsay (concussion) and wide receiver Tim Patrick (hamstring) as questionable for the game.

In addition to Glasgow’s COVID-19 case, Broncos offensive line coach Mike Munchak has been out all week because of COVID-19 concerns.

Fangio said the Broncos could have practiced Friday but after consulting with team president and CEO Joe Ellis he decided to just have remote meetings and push back Friday’s field work to Saturday.

“Really it was just my gut that I thought it was the right thing to do,” Fangio said.

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Arnie Stapleton, The Associated Press