Bibbs su≠ers sprained an­kle

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Cameron Wolfe and Nicki Jhab­vala

jack­sonville, fla.» Kapri Bibbs gave the Bron­cos the spark they needed out of the back­field af­ter four punts to open the game Sun­day. Back-to-back first downs on runs of 24 and 13 yards by Bibbs led to the Den­ver of­fense’s first and only touch­down.

Bibbs was headed to­ward the best game of his NFL career be­fore suf­fer­ing an an­kle in­jury when he was tack­led on a short sec­ondquar­ter rush. Af­ter the game, Bibbs said he suf­fered a high an­kle sprain. The Colorado State prod­uct limped in the locker room with his left an­kle wrapped heavily.

Bibbs ap­peared to be the only bright spot for Den­ver’s of­fense, which had a dis­mal day. He led the team with 49 yards rush­ing on just five car­ries. Start­ing tail­back Devon­tae Booker, a rookie, had 18 car­ries for 35 yards and a touch­down.

“It was go­ing to be a real good day,” Bibbs said af­ter the Bron­cos beat the Jaguars 20-10. “I can bring a lot to this team. I can help this team a lot; that’s all I want to do.”

Booker and Juwan Thomp­son are the only other tail­backs on the ac­tive ros­ter, so Den­ver may have to seek an­other if Bibbs misses time.

In other in­jury news, de­fen­sive line­man Billy Winn said he suf­fered a mi­nor neck sprain in the fourth quar­ter. He doesn’t an­tic­i­pate miss­ing any time. Line­backer Bran­don Mar­shall left the game with a ham­string in­jury. He missed the San Diego game in late Oc­to­ber be­cause of a ham­string in­jury.

Elite cor­ner­backs.

Chris Har­ris notched his se­cond in­ter­cep­tion off a bob­bled catch by Allen Robin­son in the se­cond quar­ter and re­turned it 36 yards. He joined team­mate Aqib Talib as two of only five cor­ner­backs with at least two in­ter­cep­tions in the last five sea­sons.

Bradley Roby’s pick-six play was his se­cond in the last five games. It also was the Bron­cos’ fourth de­fen­sive touch­down this sea­son.

Siemian sight­ing.

Trevor Siemian was on the field with­out the boot on his left foot as the Bron­cos warmed up be­fore Sun­day’s game.

Siemian stood in front of the Bron­cos’ bench, then briefly chat­ted with gen­eral man­ager John El­way on the side­line be­fore walk­ing off the field.

“There’s progress,” coach Gary Ku­biak said of Siemian. “He’s out of the boot and walk­ing around. … It’s a day-to-day process. We’ll have to see when we get back.”

Siemian did not prac­tice last week be­cause of the foot in­jury.

Foot­notes.

The Bron­cos are en­sured their NFL-best 28th sea­son since 1984 with a .500 record or bet­ter . ... Den­ver ex­tended its NFLbest streak when win­ning the turnover mar­gin to 29 games. … Ri­ley Dixon had 506 yards punt­ing, fifth-most in Bron­cos his­tory. … Em­manuel San­ders sur­passed 400 career re­cep­tions. … Den­ver’s in­ac­tive play­ers Sun­day were Siemian, long snap­per Casey Kre­iter, re­ceivers Ben­nie Fowler and Mar­lon Brown, guards Con­nor McGovern and Billy Turner and cor­ner­back Lorenzo Doss.

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