Dec 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Duke Blue Devils defensive end Kenny Anunike speaks at a news conference for the Chick-fil-A Bowl from the Sheraton Hotel. Duke will face off against Texas A&M in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Years Eve. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports
When the Denver Broncos announced that Kenny Anunike would have his knee evaluated, there was a flood of reaction to what happens in the worst case scenario. However, fans can take a sigh of relief for the moment as it appears things will be okay for the time being.
Gary Kubiak announced that Kenny Anunike will have surgery and will be sidelined for two to three weeks. This is good news as it appears that the dreaded words of ACL and MCL did not come across anyone’s mouth for the diagnostic.
While two to three weeks can be a long time for someone who wants to hit the gridiron and fight for a roster spot, the timetable is actually at a favorable for the Broncos. At a best case scenario, Kenny Anunike could take part in the Broncos final preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Worst case scenario is that he will be ready for the start of the regular season against the Baltimore Ravens.
If the best case scenario ends up being the case, we will at least get to see him play in a make or break it preseason tilt for most players and see if he can pull off another performance like he did against the Seattle Seahawks in the first preseason game. Worst case is that the coaches will only have that game and offseason workouts to evaluate if Kenny Anunike makes the final roster.
I believe that Kenny Anunike has done enough in the offseason and the first preseason game to win a spot on the final 53 man roster. The team is already thin at defensive line and Kenny Anunike has shown the coaching staff as well as fans that he is doing well coming off of an elbow injury. Here is to wishing Kenny Anunike a speedy recovery and Broncos Country looks forward to seeing him back on the field soon.