KJ Hamler is back for the Denver Broncos, off the PUP and on the field

Jun 13, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler (1) during mini camp drills at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler (1) during mini camp drills at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Denver Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler has passed a physical and is off the PUP, joining the team on the field at training camp.

KJ Hamler‘s game-altering speed is back on the field at Denver Broncos training camp.

Only four practices have gone by for the Denver Broncos so far at 2022 training camp, and already Hamler has made his way onto the field.

He’s reportedly passed a physical and we have a visual of him running out onto the practice field wearing shoulder pads (the Broncos are in helmets and shoulder pads for Day 5 of camp).

In Hamler’s absence, rookie fifth-round pick Montrell Washington has been turning heads not only on special teams but with the offense as well.

Washington’s emergence is great news for the Broncos who may have an actual fail-safe on the roster in case Hamler does deal with injuries again in 2022.

Hamler’s return to the field is nothing short of miraculous. He suffered damage to his knee last season but also had to have hip surgery.

His time in the hospital caused him to lose 40 pounds and he’s been slowly working his way back.

Although his recovery process seems incredibly fast to those of us who weren’t dealing with the rehab daily, the grind of getting back into limited action back in March/April probably felt like an eternity at times for the third-year player out of Penn State.

When we all saw KJ Hamler pop up in Russell Wilson’s hype videos shortly after he was acquired in a trade, I think even the Denver Broncos were surprised.

Hamler got in a lot of good work throughout Broncos OTAs and although he was probably limited, he was certainly not showing any ill effects of all the procedures he’s had done.

Now with training camp just four practices in, Hamler has returned. He’ll undoubtedly be monitored closely by the coaching staff and training staff, but the Broncos have to be giddy about the possibilities offensively with him on the field.

Hamler’s speed is ridiculous, and with one of the best deep-ball throwers in the game under center, just about everyone expects this to be his best year yet as a pro, even coming off of those horrible injuries.