The Denver Broncos had a rough day on the sixth day of training camp on Tuesday, losing two players for the season.
The team was not able to make it out of the practice session unscathed. It was big news that wide receiver Tim Patrick has been lost for the season with a torn ACL, but another player suffered a season-ending torn ACL as well.
Reserve running back Damarea Crockett also went down with that injury and will be lost for the season. Crockett was always going to be fighting for a roster spot but due to his special teams prowess, was likely going to be signed to the practice squad at worst.
Crockett was entering his third season with the Broncos and suited up for 12 games for the team last season. His loss leaves the Broncos with just four healthy running backs on the roster and a full preseason slate to play.
Damarea Crockett is a key special teams player for Broncos
The Broncos are going to keep both Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon on the roster but likely don’t want to give either of them a ton of work in the preseason. That will leave Mike Boone and Tyreik McAllister fighting for the No. 3 spot and Boone will be a heavy favorite to win that.
Both of those backs will be slated to get a lot of work in preseason games and as a result, the Broncos may want to look at bringing in another running back to add competition or at the very least, lighten the load this preseason.
The team now has two open slots on the 90-man roster so there is a good chance that they will add at least one running back to come into camp and show what they can do.
If you’re looking for potential wide receivers the Broncos could add to replace Patrick, there are a few out there.