Bronco was taken to the hospital, and their amazing fall from grace keeps going as they lose to the Eels.
What looked like it was going to be a good season for Kevin Walters and his Broncos has turned into a nightmare very quickly.
The game against Parramatta on Thursday at Suncorp Stadium was important. The home team lost badly, 53-6, giving the visiting team 113 points in two straight games.
They have now lost four of their last five games, and they need to beat the Dragons in the last round to make it to the finals. The Raiders, who have been getting better, are right behind them on the ladder.
Eels swim through Broncos that are soft.
Andrew Johns, a league legend, said that the Broncos look "tired" before Thursday's game on Wide World of Sports' Freddy and the Eighth.
"A lot of those players have had big years," Johns said, pointing out that a number of them were picked for the Origin team and that rookie winger Selwyn Cobbo was given the week off.
Cobbo has been a big surprise for Brisbane this year, but he asked coach Walters for a break with two weeks left until the playoffs and games that had to be won.
The home team's game against the Eels on Thursday couldn't have gone any worse, even if Stephen King had written it.
Walters goes off in the Broncos' sheds.
Patrick Carrigan, TC Robati, and Herbie Farnworth were already hurt and couldn't play.
Then, just minutes into his 250th NRL game, captain and halfback Adam Reynolds got hit in the head and was taken out of the game.
Just before halftime, a forearm was put to Thomas Flegler's throat. He was taken to the hospital and did not come back.
In the second half, Kobe Hetherington was ruled out after a head injury test, and Brenko Lee left with a hamstring injury. There were no more players on the Broncos' bench, and the 18th man couldn't be used because only two of the injured players had concussions.
Walters has to take his team to Sydney's south next week to play St. George Illawarra, which is in eighth place on the ladder.
"Their confidence is shot," Darren Lockyer, a Broncos legend and the team's current director, said on Nine.
Round 24 of the NRL is when the Broncos play the Eels.
"You have to keep working hard until, hopefully, a few good things happen to you on the field."
Paul Vautin is not at all surprised by how far the Broncos have gone down.
Vautin said, "The Broncos are in bad shape. I can't see them beating the Dragons down there next week."