Broncos add safety in wake of T.J. Ward's ankle injury


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward currently wearing a walking boot on his left ankle/foot and using crutches to move around the Denver Broncos' complex, the team moved to add some depth at the position Tuesday.

The Broncos brought back Josh Bush, who had played in three games for the Broncos earlier this season on both defense and special teams before he was waived on Oct. 1.

Bush knows the team’s defensive playbook and should be able to contribute, if needed, as soon as this Sunday’s game in San Diego. Bush played 17 snaps on defense in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, six snaps on defense in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs and two snaps on defense in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions.

He also had a hefty load of special-teams work as well. Bush spent most of the 2014 season on the Broncos’ practice squad before he was added to Denver’s active roster in December.

After Bush was waived by the Broncos in October, he spent one week on the Buffalo Bills’ active roster.

His signing is an indication Ward will miss some time with his injury. Ward and nose tackle Sylvester Williams were injured on the same first-quarter play in Sunday night’s win over the New England Patriots, both suffering ankle injuries. Williams had a walking boot on his right foot/ankle Monday and, like Ward, was using crutches.

On the injuries, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said, “Both of them are a little bit different type of ankle issues. … I think we’re day-to-day … [but] it’s going to take some work here to get them back.’’

David Bruton Jr. will start in Ward’s strong safety spot and Omar Bolden played in some of the team’s specialty packages on defense against the Patriots. But as a result the Broncos had to use wide receiver Cody Latimer for some additional special-teams duties after Ward’s injury because Bruton and Bolden were playing more on defense. Bruton played 58 snaps on defense against the Patriots to go with 26 more on special teams and though he is the Broncos' special-teams captain, they may look to adjust some of that duty given he will play far more on defense in the coming weeks.

Ward is third on the team in tackles with 57.