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Bradley Chubb is already hurt again after missing Week 1

Bradley Chubb

It’s safe to say this isn’t the start Bradley Chubb envisioned for 2021.

The star Denver Broncos pass-rusher exited his team’s Week 2 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals early, slowed by the same ankle injury kept him out of the season-opener last week. Initially listed as questionable to return after heading to the sideline, the Broncos announced shortly thereafter that Chubb would be unavailable for the game’s remainder.

Chubb underwent surgery on his right ankle in May, a relatively minor procedure that was supposed to have him fully healthy for training camp. But Chubb’s recovery went slower than anticipated, causing him to miss not only the vast majority of Denver’s offseason activities but also the team’s impressive Week 1 victory over the New York Giants.

The fifth overall pick of the 2018 draft after a stellar collegiate career at North Carolina State, Chubb rebounded from an injury-plagued second-year campaign to make the Pro Bowl in 2020, finishing with seven-and-a-half sacks, 19 quarterback hits and nine tackles for loss. Making matters extra frustrating for the Broncos is that Chubb and fellow pass-rush maven Von Miller hadn’t taken the field together since Week 4 of the 2019 season prior to Sunday’s game.

Chubb was replaced at outside linebacker by rookie Jonathon Cooper, a seventh-round pick out of Ohio State.