ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos RB Devontae Booker to have wrist surgery Friday to repair the fracture. It’s been reported that he will be out six weeks and since the issue was discovered prior to training camp opening, the team was allowed to shuffle him to the PUP list. Had the issued flared up during Thursday’s opening practice that luxury would have not been available to them.
Head Coach Vance Joseph spoke Thursday morning telling Orange and Blue Radio, that, “We won’t lose him for the season, but training camp’s out and that’s a shame for him, because he had a strong spring. He’s coming on strong. He wants to be the guy. He’s got good, young legs. So for him, it’s a shame. But that being said, it’s a full room. We’ve got plenty of guys to play until he comes back. We’ve got four or five guys to play here.”
After Booker has surgery on Friday, what options do the Broncos have available:
1) PUP list for training camp and activating him at the end of TC .
Six weeks from Friday puts them at 9/8, right before the 9/11 opener vs the Los Angeles Chargers. So it’s unlikely he’d be ready to play in that game, but they could activate him from the PUP list and have no simply inactive for a game or two, essentially eating a roster spot.
2) PUP list for training camp, and then Reserve/PUP when camp breaks, which gives him an additional 6 weeks, or 12 total to fully heal before he can return to practice.
This injury can also play a part in how the Broncos fill their 53 man roster. If he opens the season on the Reserve/PUP list then it could open up a spot on the 53 man roster for a RB/TE/WR on the bubble.
Booker is a 2nd year running back out of Utah who rushed for 612 yards and 4 touchdowns as a rookie.