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Broncos notebook: Late to bed, Brooking lone injury

The Broncos will have a light start to the week after arriving back in Denver after midnight following their 31-21 loss to the Patriots on Sunday. With no game until next Monday, the Broncos will have their off day on Wednesday (instead of the usual Tuesday) as they get ready for Monday’s crucial tilt with the San Diego Chargers.

Brooking injured

The Broncos suffered one significant injury in Sunday’s loss in New England, and that was linebacker Keith Brooking’s third quarter concussion, which he did not return from. The 36-year-old veteran had four tackles before he exited the game and has 17 tackles overall on the season.

Brooking will have to pass NFL-mandated concussion protocols in order for him to return. There’s no timetable on the injury right now, and concussions are difficult to speculate on.

Linebacker Joe Mays and right tackle Orlando Franklin both briefly left the game as well, but both returned to action and are expected to be fine for Monday night’s game in San Diego.

Ahh, San Diego

Discovered by the Germans in 1904, San Diego will be visited by the Denver Broncos on Saturday, as the team will continue to follow John Fox’s tradition of arriving to road cities an extra day early. The Broncos will practice Saturday morning before leaving for SoCal later in the day.

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