ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have had two full team practices and two walk-throughs thus far in training camp, and they have already been forced to wrestle with one of the most dreaded parts of the summer schedule.
The Broncos have lost two players to injury in two days, as running back Devontae Booker had wrist surgery Friday and linebacker Shane Ray was set for wrist surgery Saturday morning. If you’re scoring anywhere, that’s a running back the Broncos were set to use with the first-team offense and the pass-rusher Denver saw filling DeMarcus Ware‘s spot.
Welcome to your first season as a head coach, Vance Joseph.
“It happens, injuries happen,” Joseph said after Friday evening’s walk-through. “… Injuries happen, and in my opinion when they happen, that’s what’s important.’’
That’s the sliver of good news the Broncos will cling to as they work through the preseason: that the calendar is still in their favor if they can have a little good fortune in August. Booker is expected to miss six weeks after having two screws placed in his left wrist to help heal a fracture, while Ray is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his left wrist.
The Broncos are hopeful to have Booker back by the regular-season opener Sept. 11. Ray is expected to return for either Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys or Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills. But before that, the Broncos still have to navigate through almost a full slate of camp practices to go with four preseason…
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