Denver Broncos placing Randy Gregory on injured reserve

Denver Broncos, Randy Gregory - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2022 season is officially coming to a close for Denver Broncos pass rusher Randy Gregory. Gregory was initially suspended by the league for a post-game scuffle with a Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman but the suspension was reduced to just a fine.

Gregory is going on injured reserve because of a knee injury.

The Broncos signed Gregory this past offseason to a 5-year, $70 million contract after he hit free agency from the Dallas Cowboys. He finishes the 2022 season with 12 tackles and two sacks.

The Broncos’ defense has been stellar this season, allowing the fifth-least yards per game at 314.3. They rank in the middle of the league in rushing yards allowed per game with 117.4, and the sixth-least amount of passing yards per game at 196.9. Denver’s defense has also allowed the lowest quarterback rating to their opponents this season at 78.9.

A big part of that is the team’s ability to reach the quarterback.

For Gregory, eyes are now onto the 2023 season. I would imagine that with another year of Russell Wilson with his teammates, the offense can make things a whole lot easier on the defense. The result will hopefully be a tremendous year out of Gregory.

In 56 career games, Gregory has 18.5 career sacks including two six-sack seasons, and 10 forced fumbles.

The placement of Gregory on injured reserve doesn’t mean a whole lot in terms of the overall season result but it is still a disappointment as the Broncos play the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17. It would have been phenomenal to see Gregory get after quarterback Patrick Mahomes and then Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert in Week 18.

The Denver Broncos now have a grand total of 21 players on injured reserve. Something really needs to change in the offseason if they are going to have any shot at contention going forward. They have made a step in the right direction recently, so hopefully it pays off.