Broncos linebacker Chubb wins NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month

Chubb has a breakout October with 5.5 sacks, including a strip sack, to give Broncos some good news

The Denver Broncos haven't had much to cheer about lately but the emergence of linebacker Bradley Chubb is a reason to smile. The rest of the league is starting to see how special he has been this season.

Chubb, the fifth overall pick in the 2018 draft, was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for October. He is the third Broncos player to win the award and first since teammate Von Miller won the honor in November 2011.

Chubb's 5.5 sacks for the month rank third in the NFL overall. He finished October with 16 tackles (12 solo) and a forced fumble.

“It just shows the hard work and stuff I’ve been putting into the rest of the season," Chubb said Thursday. "I’m nowhere near where I want to be. I’m happy for the achievement, but right now I just have to keep working and keep getting back to work and get a win.”

Chubb ended the month of October on a three-game sack streak and is one of just seven rookies since 1982 to record at least 5.5 sacks in a three-game span and the first since San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith in 2011.

“Every week he improves on something," Denver head coach Vance Joseph said. "Whether it’s coverage or rush or just playing the run, he’s been obviously a good player for us from Day 1. He has improved weekly. I’m not surprised he was named player of the month as far as rookie defenders.”

INJURY REPORT: Denver's list of wounded is long and includes some key contributors. Five players didn't practice Thursday, putting in doubt their availability for Sunday's game against Houston.

Running back Royce Freeman (ankle), wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (knee), linebacker Brandon Marshall (knee), safety Darian Stewart (neck) and cornerback Bradley Roby (ankle) sat out Thursday's session. Four others -- linebacker Von Miller (knee), linebacker Shane Ray (knee/wrist), fullback Andy Janovich (knee) and tackle Jared Veldheer (knee) were limited.

"A big list," Joseph said.