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Broncos rookie T Bolles carted off field against Cowboys

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 17: Garett Bolles (72) of the Denver Broncos acknowledges the crowd while being carted off the field after being hurt on a play in the third quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys. The Denver Broncos hosted the Dallas Cowboys at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado on Sunday, September 17, 2017. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

  • Denver Broncos rookie tackle Garett Bolles was carted off the field yesterday in tears with an ankle injury. The Broncos feared the ankle is broken, but are hoping for just a high ankle sprain, which would put him out for a number of weeks, but not the season. *Editor's Note: Adam Schefter has reported on Twitter that Bolles will be out just week to week with a bone bruise, instead of the initial fears of the worst.
  • The rookie tackle had earned an overall PFF grade of 67.2 so far this season, which although average at best, was a giant leap over the grade of Donald Stephenson (31.0) last season, the player that now replaces him in the lineup.
  • Bolles had allowed one sack and three hurries so far this season, which is less than a third of the total pressure allowed by Menelik Watson on the other side of the line.
  • In 2016, Stephenson surrendered 50 total pressures over the season and had a pass blocking efficiency of 91.4, 58th in the league and some way shy of Bolles’ 95.4.

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