The Denver Broncos' defensive depth and special teams unit has taken a hit ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots.
Mike Klis of 9News reports that Broncos defensive back and punt returner Omar Bolden has a partially torn PCL in his knee. It's a Grade 2 sprain — which is technically a tear — The Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala adds.
Bolden will be placed on injured reserve this week, head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Monday. The 27-year-old's injury reportedly won't require surgery.
Bolden was an impact player on special teams and the team’s top punt returner when healthy. Bolden missed seven games this season due to injury, but appeared to be finally healthy and was meant to be the team's punt returner for the playoffs.
The team will decide over the next couple of days how to replace him on the roster.