Denver Broncos: Baron Browning comes off PUP list

Denver Broncos roster 2021 - Baron Browning. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos roster 2021 - Baron Browning. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

Broncos’ 2021 third-round draft pick, Baron Browning makes his highly anticipated return to the field this week

After only a few injury setbacks throughout training camp, the Denver Broncos are relieved to scratch off perhaps their biggest mishap of the offseason, with rookie linebacker Baron Browning coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday.

Browning who was selected by the Broncos with the 105th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, suffered an apparent knee injury during rookie minicamp. The extent of the injury wasn’t known at the time, though Fangio did clarify that Browning would be “a full go and ready to go by training camp”.

Unfortunately, injuries tend to cause delays in their timetables. When training camp came around and Browning wasn’t out with the team, Fangio stated that the rookie was “stuck” in the rehab process and just needed more time.

Now that Browning has found his way back onto the practice field, only one question remains. Will we see Browning get some playing time this preseason?

“I don’t know” Fangio told the media following Browning’s first training camp practice. “We’ll see how he proceeds here. I’m anxious to go watch the video of the few plays we gave him today, that’s something we’ll evaluate each and every day.”

It’ll be important for the Browning to get acclimated to the speed and intensity of the Broncos defense early on. While the rookie linebacker has been quite the observant from the sidelines, there’s nothing like getting live repetitions out on the field. Browning said so himself:

“I was in meetings, but I mean, if you’re in meetings for three months, nothing is the same as being out here. So for me, I just need reps.”

Browning’s performance throughout this week’s practices will determine Fangio’s final decision to sit or play him in Saturday’s preseason matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.