Shane Ray to Start for Denver Broncos on Monday

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 1: Outside linebacker Shane Ray #56 of the Denver Broncos and outside linebacker Von Miller #58 celebrate a strip fumble in the fourth quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 1: Outside linebacker Shane Ray #56 of the Denver Broncos and outside linebacker Von Miller #58 celebrate a strip fumble in the fourth quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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After a lengthy absence from the football field, Shane Ray will be making his 2017 debut on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Denver Broncos have been in quite the slump having lost three of their last four games. But it looks as if a key member of the Denver Broncos defense will be making his season debut on Monday.

Shane Ray suffered a wrist injury during training camp that sidelined him for a long period of time. The team decided to put him on injured reserve and let him heal up. The hope was that they could bring him back for the second half of the season. Now it looks like he is ready to go.

Shane Ray has been biding his time and is finally at football playing level. Since the Broncos roster currently sits at 53 players, the team will need to make a corresponding move once Ray has officially been removed from injured reserve.

While I am certain Broncos Country would hope there could be a move that would help the offense, having Shane Ray back would be beneficial to the defense. This is a defense that has had a difficult time forcing turnovers this season. Perhaps the best defense right now only has forced four turnovers this season. Two of them came against the Dallas Cowboys.

If there is a player to help create turnovers for the Broncos, it is Shane Ray. Having him opposite of Von Miller is going to help a lot. Now there will be two edge rushers that can meet at the quarterback and do some work.

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I would not be surprised if Vance Joseph eased Shane Ray back into a full time role. The team still has Shaquil Barrett that can cause some problems.

Having Shane Ray back on the field could make things very interesting for this team. He could make an impact during the second half of the season.