Half way through the Denver Broncos – San Francisco 49ers game and it’s a defensive battle.

Really, it’s been a field position battle of two offenses which are having difficulty gaining traction.

The 49ers lead the Broncos 7-3 on the strength of a Brandon Aiyuk touchdown, followed by a Brandon McManus field goal.

But late in the first half, the Denver defense, which has already dealt with a bunch of injuries, saw another player go down writhing in pain.

This time, it was second-year, backup pass rusher Baron Browning. Browning rushed and almost sacked 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo but missed him and fell to the ground. It was an interesting injury because it didn’t seem like Browning twisted his leg awkwardly.

But, the Broncos training staff came out to see the young pass rusher and walked with him off the field.

After halftime, the team said Browning was questionable to return to action. In other words, he’s a 50/50 in terms of returning.

Browning had one tackle for a loss against the Seahawks in Week 1.

Denver has decent depth at pass rusher, but Browning still made a bunch of great plays during the preseason. He will be missed by the Broncos for the rest of the game when the Niners are on offense.

Denver is now on attack after Garoppolo’s fumble at midfield. The Broncos currently trail 7-3 still, early in the third quarter at the time of this publishing.

The Broncos (1-1) and 49ers (1-1) each need a win tonight to keep the win-loss columns on the positive. Unfortunately, Denver’s offense has been awful all season long and continues to be a laughing stock all game long.

Denver ended up coming back to win 11-10 and improved to 2-1 on the season, in a tie for the AFC West lead. And Browning did return to action in the second half.