The Denver Broncos got good news that Dalton Risner will block for the Broncos this week against the Chiefs.
Drew Lock‘s job is going to be difficult enough as it is trying to keep up with the Kansas City Chiefs offense on Sunday when Patrick Mahomes and company visit on Sunday afternoon. However, the Denver Broncos quarterback received some good news when the team announced that starting guard Dalton Risner would actually play in Week 7 after missing much of the week’s practices.
Risner was called “very doubtful” early this week as the Broncos began their preparations to host the Chiefs for their first of two scheduled games this season. Risner has been dealing with a shoulder injury he suffered during the Broncos win over the New England Patriots in Week 6—a surprising 18-12 victory—that not only kept him out of the rest of that game but almost every bit of Broncos practice this week.
The Broncos had a difficult time holding off the Chiefs pass rush in two separate meetings last season in defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s first season in K.C. The Broncos patched together 9 total points in two games that featured a massive pass rush when Joe Flacco played in game one and an even greater defensive effort overall in the second game with Lock at the helm.
Risner will be a welcome addition back to the offensive front for Denver. The former second round pick is the best overall lineman for the team and was a 16-game starter for the Broncos at left guard during his rookie season in 2019 after being taken in the second round. The Kansas State product has started every single game this year as well, and now his streak remains intact. However, it will be interesting to see how effective he is when he has to play with the shoulder issue.
The Chiefs and Broncos kick off at 3:25 p.m. C.T.