AFC Notes: Broncos, Browns, Chiefs



  • Mike Klis reports that veteran QB Blake Bortles‘ contract with the Broncos is a one-year deal worth the minimum of $910,000.
  • Klis adds that the salary is prorated and that with 15 weeks still remaining in the season, Bortles will earn $802,941.
  • Broncos’ HC Vic Fangio says that RB Phillip Lindsay has returned to practice and is on schedule to return against the Jets on Thursday Night Football: “I think so. He did work today. I thought he looked pretty good in what limited stuff he did. I think he’s trending in the right direction for sure.” (Mike Klis)
  • Broncos’ ST coordinator Tom McMahon admitted his unit performed terribly against the Steelers: “Terrible. One word. Couldn’t tackle, poor tackling. We didn’t catch that snap, no excuses. Danny’s (Smith) team outplayed us. Their returner made us miss. You have to give credit to guys who make plays. They made plays and we didn’t. We tackled poorly and our coverage was not good, in terms of lanes. We had a lot of things we cleaned up this week, but we played terrible, with a capital ‘T’.” (Klis)


Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said he is excited to have RT Jack Conklin play in Week 3 after he missed last week due to an ankle injury.

“Jack is a trustworthy guy. You take what he says definitely to heart,” Stefanski said, via Andrew Gribble of the team’s official site. “Nice to have him out there. He is a good football player. There is a reason we brought him in here. He brings a level of toughness to what we do. Very heady football player. Excited any time he is out there.”

Conklin was active for Week 2 and worked out prior to the game, but the Browns decided to be cautious with his ankle. 

“It is tough,” Conklin said. “You want to be out there playing, but that is why I am here. Hopefully, we do not have that situation again.”  

Conklin feels the extra rest from Week 2’s Thursday Night game was “fantastic” for his recovery and is “ready to go.” 

“Having those 10 days, that was fantastic for my ankle, and I am feeling great,” Conklin said. “I am ready to go.”


  • According to Pro Football Talk, Chiefs’ WR Sammy Watkins returned to practice Friday in a limited capacity on Friday after taking a hit to the head from Chargers’ LB Denzel Perryman last Sunday.
  • Watkins is still in concussion protocol and has a neck injury, so wide receivers Demarcus Robinson, Byron Pringle, and Mecole Hardman will have to be ready to step up if Watkins is unable to play.
  • Chiefs HC Andy Reid said they will continue to monitor WR Sammy Watkins (concussion) ahead of Monday Night’s game against the Ravens: “We’ll just monitor him as we go and see how he does.” (Adam Teicher)
  • Also listed on the injury report for the Chiefs were LB Dorian O’Daniel with knee and ankle injuries, DE Alex Okafor with a lingering hamstring injury, and CB Charvarius Ward who is still limited after breaking his hand in the season opener.
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