The Denver Broncos will be without one of the best cornerbacks in football when they take on the San Diego Chargers this week. According to James Palmer of the NFL Network, cornerback Aqib Talib will not play in the contest as he recovers from a back injury.
Talib played last week in Denver’s 27-9 victory over the Houston Texans and made headlines for his comments on Texans and former Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler.
“We believed in him,” the cornerback said of Osweiler before the game. “We thought he was going to be our QB. We feel like he reneged on us.”
The Pro Bowl cornerback certainly backed up the strong words, as he and the Broncos’ defense held Osweiler to just 131 yards passing on 41 attempts in the victory.
That being said, Talib did not appear to be badly injured in the contest, but he was forced to miss practice earlier this week with a back injury and was initially listed as questionable. He returned to practice on Friday, which prompted speculation that he would be able to play on Sunday. But it apparently was not enough and he will still miss the game against San Diego.
With Talib out, Bradley Roby will be asked to step into the starting lineup.
Roby, a former first round selection of the Broncos, has been a very significant member of the defense since joining Denver in 2014. He hasn’t been able to crack the starting lineup with Talib and fellow Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris on the roster, but he’ll get a chance to start on Sunday with Talib hurting.