The Broncos’ offensive line and running game got much weaker Thursday night. Deep in the fourth quarter of Denver’s clash with Indianapolis, Bolles suffered what appeared to be a gruesome lower-leg injury.
Bolles went down after Broncos tackle Cameron Fleming fell on the leg. He crumbled to the ground in clear pain before being carted off, slamming the cart as it drove off.
The Broncos did not have an immediate update on Bolles’ condition.
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The former All-Pro second-team selection went viral last week after making an “acrobatic” dive on a fumble return touchdown by the Raiders’ Amik Robertson.
Garrett Bolles giving it his all 😭😂
— PFF (@PFF) October 2, 2022
#72 Garrett Bolles reached a top speed of 16.65 mph in pursuit of Robertson (who reached 18.92 mph), the 8th-fastest speed by an offensive lineman this season.#DENvsLV | #BroncosCountry
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 2, 2022
Bolles made light of the play, and he even headed into Thursday’s game with a shirt spotlighting the moment.
After his viral moment last week of diving for Amik Robertson on a fumble return and coming up … a few yards short … Broncos LT Garrett Bolles wore a shirt of his dive/attempted tackle that says “Never give up” to the stadium.
So, so good.
📸: @Broncos pic.twitter.com/nUjONRkeJt
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 6, 2022
It appears he won’t be back on the field for some time. Per NFL Network’s James Palmer, Bolles was emotional as he was being taken for X-rays.
Just saw #broncos LT Garett Bolles go straight to the x-ray room on the cart. A medical staff member was holding his ankle as the cart went by. Bolles was very emotional. Put no weight on it.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) October 7, 2022
Per Mike Klis of 9News, Bolles reportedly suffered a broken leg and will miss at least six weeks with more time potentially on the table.
Per source, Broncos LT Garett Bolles suffered a broken right leg. Further exams needed to determine severity. Best case is roughly 6 weeks. But there is fear he could miss more. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@mikeklis) October 7, 2022
The Broncos lost running back Javonte Williams to a torn ACL and MCL last week. Bolles’ injury is another major blow to the offense, especially given Russell Wilson’s struggles through five weeks.