Broncos RG Quinn Meinerz eager to return, boost run game vs. Raiders: “It’s time to do my thing.”

After a trial-by-fire rookie campaign in which Quinn Meinerz was thrust into a starting role at midseason, the Broncos believed Meinerz was ready to take the next step in 2022.

That plan went sideways on Denver’s first possession this year, when the Broncos’ starting right guard strained his hamstring on a field goal attempt in Seattle.

The good news for Meinerz: The injury wasn’t severe enough to warrant a trip to injured reserve. And three weeks later, he is ready for a retake on the start of his sophomore season in the NFL.

“I worked extremely hard for this opportunity, and to have it just be a weird little fizzle out because of a freak injury was annoying, it was frustrating,” Meinerz said. “I need to get that full game in, and it’s time to prove (the talent) I have. It’s time to do my thing. I feel very confident that I’ll be out there on Sunday.”

For Meinerz, the hamstring injury was a setback after starting the final eight games of 2021 in place of Graham Glasgow, who suffered a season-ending ankle fracture. This season, it’s Glasgow who spelled Meinerz over the past two-plus games.

Center Lloyd Cushenberry gave props to Glasgow, while also noting the return of Meinerz’s motor should give the Denver run game an edge. It will also revive Meinerz’s friendly game-day competition with Cushenberry and left guard Dalton Risner to see which interior lineman can…

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