Butt (knee) has been placed on injured reserve, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Since joining the league last season, Butt has already suffered two torn ACLs -- last season in his right knee and now in his left. In a corresponding move, the Broncos added tight end Brian Parker to their active roster from the practice squad. Look for Jeff Heuerman to see increased snaps with Butt now out.
The Broncos fear that Butt (knee) suffered a torn ACL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. It's reportedly a non-contact injury he suffered during a walk-through. If this brutal news is confirmed, Butt will be done for the season and fellow tight end Jeff Heuerman's profile in the Denver offense would figure to expand.
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said Butt was a limited participant in Thursday's practice due to a left knee injury, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports. It looked like Butt would be a spectator for the Broncos' first practice of the week after he wasn't on the field with the rest of his teammates for the start of the session, but it appears he fit in some work behind closed doors. The fact that he was able to practice in some capacity seemingly bodes well for his chances of playing Monday against the Chiefs, though Joseph noted the Broncos' training staff is continuing to evaluate the knee injury. On a more fortunate note, Butt's injury isn't to the same knee that twice required reconstructive surgery when he was in college, with the most recent procedure coming in January 2017.
Butt wasn't on the field for the start of the Broncos' practice Thursday, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports. Butt wasn't believed to have endured any health-related setbacks during Sunday's 27-14 loss to the Ravens, but his presence on the sideline Thursday suggests he may have picked up an injury. Denver will provide an official explanation behind Butt's absence when it releases initial injury report shortly after practice concludes.
Butt pulled in two of three targets for eight yards during Sunday's 27-14 loss in Baltimore. It was Butt's weakest outing thus far, but he still looks like the Broncos tight end to have on your deep-league squad. Through three games, Butt has eight catches on 13 targets compared to five catches on eight targets for starter Jeff Heuerman. Neither option has been particularly effective, yet Butt seems to be climbing a bit as he logged more than half the offensive snaps for the first time this season, 41 to 35 behind Heuerman. It should be interesting to see whether the two trade places in the coming weeks.
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