Denver Broncos: Billy Winn suffers torn ACL, out for season

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Alex Smith
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Alex Smith /

Denver Broncos: Despite a win in their preseason debut, the Broncos got some bad news on the injury front when Billy Winn was carted off the field…

The Denver Broncos may have won the game against the Chicago Bears, but what you hate to see in a preseason matchup is any sort of major injury. That’s exactly what the Broncos fear may have happened to defensive lineman Billy Winn.

Winn was initially signed by the Broncos around last year’s training camp. He played well enough in his first year with the team to earn a new contract to come back with the Broncos.

UPDATE: The Broncos’ greatest fears were realized in regards to Winn’s injury. He has a torn ACL and is out for the season:

After Winn’s injury, it was a tough scene to watch as players gathered all around him to encourage him…

Winn will undergo an MRI on Friday to determine the severity of the injury, but as of the last time we saw him on the field, it didn’t look good.

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He was unable to put any pressure on his injured leg, and the Broncos said the injury was to Winn’s knee.

If that’s the case, the only thing you can do is to hope for the best. Perhaps Winn suffered a scare, and won’t miss the whole season.

If Winn does miss the season, we’ll start exploring potential backup options for the Broncos. As of right now, Winn is listed as the Broncos’ second-string nose tackle behind Domata Peko. Kyle Peko is listed as the third nose tackle, with rookie Tyrique Jarrett fourth.

The Broncos rotated in Zach Kerr, a projected defensive end, at nose tackle in the game when Winn left the field.

This was the only major injury suffered by a Broncos player in the game against the Bears on Thursday night. We’ll update with more information as it becomes available.