AFC Notes: Broncos, Browns, Chargers



Broncos first-round pick Bradley Chubb says he’s ready to fill in for OLB Shane Ray, who is undergoing another wrist surgery.

“I know Shane’s going to do everything to get back as fast as he can,” Chubb said Monday, via “And when he gets back, we’re going to definitely need him. If that causes me to step up or … into a certain role, I’ll be prepared for it.

“When the game is so much faster by being with the vets and being with the guys who have been doing it for eight to 10 years, you have to have a sense of urgency,” Chubb said. “When I take reps with the ones, I feel like that helps me out learning a little bit better. There’s no, ‘Hey, what do I [have] on this play?’ Because those guys, they expect me to know it.”

  • Ray told reporters on Tuesday that he’ll have a bone fusion procedure on Thursday, but doctors are optimistic this will be the final procedure on his wrist. (Nicki Jhabvala)


Browns WR Josh Gordon says he “feels pretty good” and grateful for where he’s at after working his way back to the NFL last year.

“When I do find myself reminiscing of what’s transpired in my life, really just blessed, man, and thankful,” Gordon said, via the “Right now for me it’s a bunch of the small victories day to day, just being able to come to work. Like the little, little things. Having some structure in my life.

“Just really the gratitude more than anything. I could be anywhere, you could be anywhere in the world doing something that you don’t love to do, and I’m fortunate enough to be out here trying to give 100 percent at something I couldn’t imagine myself having that much fun doing anything else. So it’s a tremendous opportunity.”

Gordon stressed that he’s focused on “small victories” right now.

The small victories, to me, is just like getting up and not having to worry about whether or not you have some type of security or a place to stay, or like just spending time with my daughter,” Gordon said. “I didn’t have much time, didn’t get to spend any time with my family like that in the past. Being there with friends, working towards the future. Even coming here to work, being able to talk to guys, see guys’ expressions or interact with them, I take a lot of joy in that. A lot of little things.


  • Chargers DT Corey Liuget, who’s suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season, is recovering from foot surgery. (Jack Wang)
  • Chargers Pro Bowl CB Casey Hayward is dealing with hip soreness and has been limited to working on the sideline during minicamp.

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