Broncos get good news on injuries to receiver Jerry Jeudy, cornerback Pat Surtain II

There were two huge collective sighs of relief Monday in Dove Valley.

Receiver Jerry Jeudy and cornerback Pat Surtain II, both of whom exited in the first half with injuries Sunday against the Texans, will be back soon. Jeudy sustained a rib injury but X-rays came back negative, according to head coach Nathaniel Hackett, while Surtain’s shoulder injury is non-serious.

Both players will be evaluated going forward this week ahead of the Broncos’ Week 3 home game against the 49ers.

“It’s good news for them,” Hackett said. “They’ll be day-to-day. We thought both of those might be bigger and longer injuries, so we’re excited that they’re day-to-day. Not sure if they’ll be available for the game (Sunday), but we’re hoping and we are crossing our fingers for that.”

With those prognoses, the Broncos don’t have to worry about two of their premier players being sheltered for an extended period of time. Safety and defensive captain Justin Simmons is already on injured reserve with a quad injury, with the earliest he can return to the field Oct. 17 at the Los Angeles Chargers.

Jeudy’s injury was initially called a shoulder injury by the team, but after the 16-9 win over the Texans, Hackett corrected it to a rib injury.

The receiver had one catch for 11 yards on three targets at the time of his injury, which occurred at the six-minute mark of the first quarter. On that trick play, Javonte Williams took the pitch from Russell Wilson, then made a backward toss to Wilson. The quarterback targeted Jeudy on a 15-yard out route toward the sideline, where Jeudy was in man coverage with cornerback Steven Nelson.

Nelson made the pass-break up on Jeudy and then drove the receiver’s right shoulder into the ground. Jeudy immediately started writing in pain on the ground, and after a quick trip into the sideline medical tent, walked to the locker room.

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