The Denver Broncos got hit with the injury bug early on in camp. After losing Devontae Booker earlier in the week, the Broncos also lost Shane Ray for 6-8 weeks. Ray felt discomfort Friday after originally injuring his left wrist in Thursday practice. After evaluation, the training staff discovered that he had a torn ligament. Ray play in all 16 games last season, staring eight. He recorded 48 tackles and 8 sacks.
The Broncos are already thin at LB with Shaquil Barrett already on the non-football injury list with a hip injury. Barrett and Ray expect to come back early in the season, but it depends on how well they recover. Kyle Peko is also on the PUP list with a foot injury, which he has been nursing for some time.
To help fill the void at OLB, Denver signed Kasim Edebali in free agency during the off-season. Edebali will get a hefty workload until cuts or early season when Barrett and Ray return from injury. He amassed 11 tackles and one sack last season with the New Orleans Saints.
Denver also made a move on Saturday waving tight end Henry Krieger-Coble and signing LB Danny Mason. Krieger-Coble struggled last season only hauling in one catch for 13 yards and played in two games. Mason hasn’t played a snap in the NFL, but provides additional depth for Denver’s linebackers. He will have to prove himself if he wants to stick around after failing to play a down the past two seasons. This will be his third stint with the Broncos after getting cut twice in 2015 by the team.
We've signed LB @D_Mase45 and waived TE Henry Krieger-Coble
With little space left on the 90-man roster, things could be interesting if the Broncos elect to check out some more OLB’s. There has been some speculation that Denver may contact Demarcus Ware to return from retirement with a limited role. Although the list is becoming narrower entering the second week of training camp. There are big hope that the team can avoid the injury bug going forward.