Sad News: Key player leaves Broncos game with knee injury….

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Broncos running back Nik Bonitto left Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers with a knee injury.Bonitto, who leads the Broncos in sacks with 7, was injured late in the first quarter.

He slammed his helmet on the ground in frustration before heading to the blue medical tent for a secondary exam.Immediately after that evaluation, the team’s medical team called for a cart for Nik Bonitto. He took a few steps before sitting in the passenger seat to head back to the Broncos’ locker room. Nik Bonitto’s injury came midway through a first quarter in which the Broncos’ defense did everything right in the first quarter. The defense forced a fourth-down stop in the red zone and then forced Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert to throw an interception on the next series, while Baron Browning deflected a pass that Jonathon Cooper intercepted. That play set up a Javonte Williams touchdown one play later.With Nik Bonitto injured, rookie Drew Sanders was ready for more playing time. Sanders, who was drafted as an inside linebacker, has worked more often as a rotational edge player in recent weeks.Bonitto recorded 5.5 sacks in the Broncos’ first five games; Since then, he has recorded 1.5 sacks in seven games. Bonitto’s playing time has decreased since Browning returned to the lineup after starting the season on the physically unable to play list.

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