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Broncos' Bradley Chubb out for the year with torn ACL

An already bad season is turning ugly in Denver.

Pass-rusher Bradley Chubb tore his ACL and is out for the season, NFL Network's James Palmer reported.

ESPN first reported the news.

"He's got a partial tear of the ACL and will be out for the season," coach Vic Fangio later confirmed to reporters.

It's a brutal blow for the Broncos who started the season with four straight close losses.

Chubb had his best game of the season Sunday in the 26-24 defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The young pass rusher gobbled up seven tackles, one sack, three QB hits and one tackle for loss. It was his first game with a sack this season.

Chubb exited the game briefly but returned to the tilt. Monday brought the devastating news that the season is over for the 23-year-old.

"He was surprised as anyone this morning when he felt the way he did," Fangio said.

Coming off a 12-sack rookie campaign, the Broncos expected a major leap from their edge rusher, who would see beneficial blocking situations opposite Von Miller in Fangio's system.

Alas, Chubb, like the rest of the Broncos front, got off to a slow start this season. Now the Broncos will face a brutal schedule without one of the difference-makers on defense.

Things are going from bad to worse for John Elway's club.

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