The Denver Broncos are out to a quick start against the New York Jets in Week 3, but it seems the team may have just seen another player suffer a serious injury.
During the late stages of the second quarter against the New York Jets, with the Broncos leading 10-0, K.J. Hamler made the attempt to catch a pass from Teddy Bridgewater and seemed to suffer an injury to his leg. He was rolling around on the field in obvious pain as trainers rushed onto the field.
The Broncos have jumped out to a 2-0 start this season and will go to 3-0 with a victory against the Jets, but injuries are starting to pile up for the team. Losing Hamler for any significant length of time would be a blow to the wide receiving corps, which is already thin.
The Broncos chose to keep just five wide receivers on the 53-man roster and one of those is a return specialist. They then saw Jerry Jeudy go down with a high ankle sprain in Week 1. If Hamler is down for some time, the team is down to Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick and Kendall Hinton as their only wide receivers. Hinton was called up from the practice squad after the Jeudy injury.
Denver’s wide receiving corps gets thinner
The Broncos currently have four other wide receivers on their practice squad, but if the Hamler injury is serious, the team will need to seriously consider looking at options outside the organization.
The sideline update on Hamler was that it is a knee injury and his return is questionable. A replay of the injury was not shown by the broadcast team called it “hard to watch”. He had to be helped off the field.
Hamler dealt with a hamstring injury as a rookie and this could be another blow to his development. He had four catches for 46 yards on the season coming into the game.