After the game, Broncos coach Sean Payton said that he believed McGlinchey would be “fine.” One day later, the coach revealed that Turner-Yell suffered a season-ending ACL injury.
“Tight now, Mike’s news is better,” Payton said during his conference call with reporters Monday. “Delarrin Turner-Yell has an ACL. He’s going to be out and put on IR. Mike’s [injury] is a rib. I won’t get into the details, but we’re a lot more optimistic about him.”
Cam Fleming filled in for McGlinchey against the Chargers. Yell has played 71% of Denver’s special teams snaps this season. The Broncos will have to sort out a special teams replacement and their safety depth ahead of Sunday’s season finale against the Las Vegas Raiders.
After releasing Kareem Jackson last week and losing Turner-Yell on Sunday, Denver’s only remaining backup safety on the active roster is rookie JL Skinner, who has dressed for just one game this season.
The Broncos also have Devon Key and Keidron Smith available on the practice squad. It would not be surprising to see Key or Smith called up to the active roster for Week 18.