Broncos OL Quinn Meinerz Hospitalized After Experiencing Elevated Heart Rate

Broncos OL Quinn Meinerz Hospitalized After Experiencing Elevated Heart Rate
Doric Sam

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: Quinn Meinerz #77 of the Denver Broncos lines up during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on November 13, 2023 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images)

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Broncos starting right guard Quinn Meinerz has been cleared to leave the hospital and return to Denver, head coach Sean Payton announced Monday.

Payton added, per Zac Stevens of thednvr.com, that Meinerz is healthy and will be “fine.”

According to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, Meinerz experienced an elevated heart rate during the first half of Sunday’s 24-7 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers and remained in a Los Angeles area hospital on Sunday night.

Legwold added that team sources said Meinerz was “feeling better” by the time the Broncos left SoFi Stadium to go to the airport for their chartered flight, and he was taken to the hospital largely out of precaution.

A third-round pick in the 2021 draft, Meinerz has played in 41 games over the past three seasons with 35 starts. Legwold noted that he’s one of Denver’s standouts on the offensive line, as he “is consistently seen finishing blocks, in the run game in particular, with top-end power well down the field.”

Luke Wattenberg replaced Meinerz at right guard for the remainder of Sunday’s game, so he would presumably fill in once again if Meinerz is forced to miss more time.

The Broncos will look to keep the momentum going when they return to action on Saturday night against the Detroit Lions.

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