The Denver Broncos entered Sunday’s game against the Eagles with five healthy receivers. After an injury and an ejection, they’re down to three.
Broncos WR Brandon Stokley was ejected from the game late during the first quarter after swatting the referee’s hand — which appeared completely accidental — as he walked off the field. Stokley reached out his arm in frustration as he turned to leave the field, making contact with the referee’s fingers. He had been arguing that he was interfered with on a third-and-1 pass play over the middle. He was then hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and ejected.
The Broncos are also without backup WR and returner Kenny McKinley, who sustained a knee injury and is doubtful to return. McKinley was injured during a kickoff return late in the first quarter.
Because WR Eddie Royal was deactivated before the game, the Broncos are down to Brandon Marshall, Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney as their only healthy receivers for the rest of the game. Gaffney scored on a 11-yard pass from QB Kyle Orton during the second quarter to cut the Eagles’ lead to 10-7.