Jake Butt, Phillip Lindsay injury updates at Broncos minicamp

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The Denver Broncos are getting positive injury updates by the week for some key players, including Jake Butt and Phillip Lindsay.

The Denver Broncos began their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday and they did so with some apparently positive developments on the injury front, specifically regarding some key players on the offensive side of the football.

Tight end Jake Butt, who tore his ACL after playing in the first three games of the season in 2018, has been slowly making his way back to the field. He did some work in individual drills in other OTA sessions, but he’s now working in team drills, according to some reports.

We’ll find out after practice, in all likelihood, that Butt was simply getting his feet wet as it relates to team work (perhaps some 7-on-7 work or something like that) but this is a positive report nonetheless.

The Broncos have no need to rush Butt back to action, but the tight end did post on his Instagram page recently that: “My hips have never felt so open and I feel as fluid as ever on the field.”

I would say a player feeling ‘as fluid as ever’ is a pretty good sign coming off a major knee injury.

Phillip Lindsay

Red alert on Phillip Lindsay, who is still being limited in practices (wrist) but has two notable equipment situations going on here in the video posted by NFL Network’s James Palmer:

1. Lindsay is still wearing that awesome visor. Let’s hope that continues into the season.

2. Lindsay is no longer wearing the big wrist brace he had previously been wearing.

Although a wrist injury in headline form doesn’t seem all that serious, it couldn’t be a bigger deal for a running back, whose job is to carry the ball and absorb contact.

Lindsay’s wrist injury has been pushed under the rug a bit because it’s not a knee injury, but this was an injury that should have had you concerned pretty much all offseason and it’s good to know he’s progressing well.

Even if these are small steps for these two players, they are positive steps for them individually and for the Broncos. Butt is arguably the Broncos’ best all-around tight end when everyone is healthy (although Noah Fant’s ceiling is higher) and Lindsay is a Pro Bowl running back.

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Having both players available sooner rather than later will be critical for the Broncos.