Broncos OLB Frank Clark, safety Justin Simmons to play vs. Jets

The Broncos will have a trio of veterans returning to help a struggling defense.

Outside linebacker Frank Clark (hip), safety Justin Simmons (hip) and inside linebacker Josey Jewell (hip) are expected to play against the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon.

All three players were full participants at practice on Friday.

Meanwhile, running back Javonte Williams (quad), defensive tackle Mike Purcell (ribs) and center Lloyd Cushenberry III (quad) are questionable. Williams was listed as a full participant after not practicing on Wednesday and being limited on Thursday.

Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was limited on Wednesday with a knee injury, but has practiced in full since then.

If Williams is unable to go, the Broncos will roll with running backs Samaje Perine, Jaleel McLaughlin and Dwayne Washington. Against the Bears, McLaughlin, an undrafted rookie, had the best performance by any Denver running back this season. He had 104 total yards and a receiving touchdown. Perine has recorded 25 rushing yards in the last three games after recording 41 yards on eight carries in Week 1.

The Broncos, who have one of the worst defenses statistically in the league, badly needed the return of Simmons, Jewell and Clark. Jewell missed last week’s game at Chicago and Simmons has been sidelined since Week 2’s loss to the Washington. Second-year safety Delarrin Turner-Yell started in Simmons’ place. Denver has allowed the third-most passing yards in the league (285.5 yards per game) while opposing quarterbacks have a 133.4 passer rating.

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