During the period of practice that is open to the media, Russ Hochstein took repetitions with the starting offense during individual work, while Ben Hamilton worked with the second team. No announcement has been made on a starting lineup change and the Broncos’ official depth chart still lists Hamilton as the starter, so a move has not been made official. However, when the Broncos’ first-team line was working as a unit, Hochstein was the left guard.
If the Broncos do decide to make a change, it would be a first for Hamilton – he has never come off the bench. He has started all 103 of his NFL games. Hamilton is the longest tenured Broncos player, and has been with the team three years longer than anyone else on the current roster. Hamilton was a 2001 draft pick. The Broncos have struggled on offense lately, especially in the running game. Hamilton had a crucial holding penalty on a fourth-down completion to Brandon Stokley on Monday night against Pittsburgh.
Hochstein was acquired in a trade with New England during the preseason. He filled in for Hamilton against Dallas when Hamilton had a hamstring injury.