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Broncos’ WR Jerry Jeudy Carted Off The Field From Practice

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Broncos' WR Jerry Jeudy Carted Off The Field From Practice

Jerry Jeudy, WR, quits practice due to a hamstring injury and will get an MRI. Coach Sean Payton said that starting wide receiver Jerry Jeudy would get an MRI after suffering a hamstring issue during practice on Thursday.

Jerry Jeudy, a wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, was carried off the field of play on Thursday after suffering what head coach Sean Payton described as a hamstring injury. Payton added, “He’ll get an MRI, and we’ll kind of see where he’s at with it.” After that MRI was finished, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and numerous other reporters reported that Jeudy would be out for a few weeks.

Rapoport called it a “moderate hamstring injury.” Jeudy’s availability for a Week 1 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders will now be in doubt, but it’s comforting to know that he will only be out for a few weeks as opposed to several months. After their joint practice with the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, Payton confirmed that he was injured. “It’s a hamstring,” he stated. Nothing else to report; we’ll get an MRI to assess where he is with it.

In two of the last three seasons, Jeudy has led Denver in receiving yards, including 972 yards and six touchdowns in 2022. In the Broncos’ first preseason game against the Cardinals, he also scored on a fourth-down catch.

Until the club has more details, Payton has refrained from speculating on the effects of Jeudy’s hamstring injury, but he is hopeful that the damage won’t be too severe.

Denver’s WR1 is now Courtland Sutton, and WR2 is current second-round pick Marvin Mims. A number of guys are vying for a rotational position at WR behind them. After practice on Thursday, Payton was questioned about if Jeudy’s replacement would be asked to step up.

Payton responded, “It would be way too early to say.” Additionally, we frequently bring receivers in and out of our system. He fills in at position “Z,” which is important to us. I hope it’s not a long-term issue. A few of the receivers may need to play more important roles in the Denver attack, according to offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who is also anticipating the results of the MRI.

Lombardi stated that all injuries were regrettable. “I haven’t heard anything more than just watching him come off the field,” he added. “We’ll wait and see how bad his wound is. There are many guys in our room, and some of them will need to step up. I don’t think of things happening as being bitten by a snake or anything else.

Broncos' WR Jerry Jeudy Carted Off The Field From Practice

Since the start of training camp, Jeudy is the fifth wide receiver who may be forced to miss a significant amount of time from the lineup. Tim Patrick tore his Achilles tendon, ending his season, in the first week of training camp. KJ Hamler was also released after receiving treatment for a heart condition. Second-year receiver Jalen Virgil hurt his knee in this past Saturday’s preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Brandon Johnson also missed several weeks of practice due to a leg injury before returning on Thursday. Jeudy had some hamstring concerns during offseason sessions leading up to the 2022 season and missed three games last year due to an ankle injury. In addition, a thigh injury prohibited him from participating in some of the Broncos’ offseason workouts this spring.

Jeudy also missed one game and six games in 2021 due to an ankle ailment and COVID-19 treatments. Although he has battled with drops throughout training camp, the Broncos believe he has shown a greater level of confidence with the new approach. Jeudy and Courtland Sutton have taken the majority of the starting snaps after Patrick’s injury. Since Patrick’s injury, Jeudy and Courtland Sutton have played the majority of snaps with the starting lineup.

Over the final six games of 2022, Jeudy had 37 receptions for 523 yards and three touchdowns, including a season-high 154 yards receiving and a career-high three touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14.

Payton said on Thursday that it was too early to predict how the Broncos would distribute the workload in the coming weeks, but rookie Marvin Mims Jr. has been working with the starters more recently after missing time during the offseason program and early in camp due to two separate hamstring injuries.

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