September 30 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos center J.D. Walton (50) prepares to snap the football during second quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Injuries in sports don’t often go according to plan, but with center J.D Walton, things have pretty much progressed exactly as the Broncos would have hoped.
Walton has been practicing with the team for a few weeks now, but has remained on the PUP/Reserve list for the Broncos and has officially been activated off of that list, joining the active 53-man roster and replacing guard/center John Moffitt who was placed on the Reserve/Left team list.
Moffitt has apparently quit football at the age of 27, not long after the Broncos traded defensive tackle Sealver Siliga to the Seahawks for Moffitt’s services in the pre-season.
As sad as the situation for Moffitt is, it’s exciting to have Walton back with the team. Walton started all 36 games to start his Broncos career, but a setback on an ankle injury he suffered last season caused him to miss pretty much all offseason and all year this year up until this point.
With Walton back in the fold, the Broncos’ depth on the offensive interior, specifically at the center position is fortified. Manny Ramirez has actually graded out really well as the Broncos’ starting center, and after the extension he signed early this season, you can be sure that Walton is not taking his starting job anytime soon.
However, the former third round pick out of Baylor will add some much needed veteran depth and is a guy who can start for the Broncos if the need should arise.