Riddick (shoulder) has been medically cleared and is set to become an unrestricted free agent, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Riddick signed with the Broncos in early August and suffered a shoulder fracture shortly thereafter. He may have been healthy enough to return from injured reserve in the second half of the season, but the Broncos used their two IR activations on Drew Lock and Tim Patrick. The 28-year-old running back now hopes to drum up interest on the open market as a passing-down specialist, a role in which he averaged 4.4 catches per game from 2015 to 2018 with the Lions.
Riddick (shoulder) spent the 2019 season on injured reserve and will be an unrestricted free agent in March, The Denver Post reports. Riddick was ready to return around Week 8, but the Broncos elected to use their two IR activations on Drew Lock (thumb) and Tim Patrick (hand). The 28-year-old Riddick will seek a pass-catching role in free agency. During his final season with Detroit in 2018, Riddick rushed 40 times for 171 yards and caught 61 of 74 targets for 384 scoreless yards.
Riddick (shoulder) is expected to begin practicing Week 8, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Riddick has spent the entire regular season on IR due to a shoulder injury suffered during the preseason. The veteran pass-catching back will be eligible to be activated as early as Week 9, but it's worth mentioning that the Broncos will only be able to bring back two players from IR this season. Rookie quarterback Drew Lock (thumb) is a favorite candidate to return, which would leave Riddick competing with Jake Butt (knee) and Tim Patrick (hand) for the final spot.
General manager John Elway told reporters that Riddick (shoulder) will be placed on injured reserve, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. Riddick suffered a fractured shoulder when going out for a pass in Denver's second preseason contest. There was some question as to whether Denver would float the veteran back on the 53-man roster until he healed, but Elway indicated that down-roster spots are too precious for injuries that might take more than a few weeks to heal. When healthy, Riddick is a better, more established version of Devontae Booker -- a pass-catching back who Denver will keep for the time being. He figures to slide into the third-down role once available, but -- with other players like Jake Butt and Drew Lock also heading to injured reserve -- his reactivation is far from certain.
Riddick sustained a slight fracture in his shoulder during Thursday's preseason game against Seattle and will miss 6-to-8 weeks, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Klis also reports that the injury will not require surgery. Riddick reportedly didn't feel any discomfort until Friday morning, at which point he notified the team's medical staff and received tests that revealed the slight fracture. Riddick had been working with the first team in camp and is expected to play an important pass-catching/third-down role when healthy.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|4||10/02||@New York Jets||9||14.50|
|5||10/11||@New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|7||10/25||Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|10||11/15||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|11||11/22||Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|12||11/29||New Orleans Saints||5||13.24|
|13||12/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|16||12/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|17||01/03||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||41||152||1||38||276||1||54|