Butt (knee) is aiming to return to the field in time for OTAs this spring, Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports. "I'll be here all offseason rehabbing and at the very least I'll be fully healthy for [training] camp," Butt said. "I'm progressing and I have goals. I want to at least be doing something during OTAs. I feel really good." Butt, who tore up his knee twice in college, is on the mend from a torn ACL in his left leg that he suffered in practice last September. The tight end will be roughly seven months removed from surgery by the time the offseason program begins in April, which is likely too early to expect someone to be running at full speed. With that said, we just saw the Chargers' Hunter Henry return from an ACL tear in less than eight months. Regardless of when exactly he returns to the field, Butt seems on track to be ready to play far before the start of the 2019 season. With Jeff Heuerman (ribs) set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, Butt is in the running to earn the starting job in Denver.
Butt caught eight of 12 targets for 85 yards in 2018. After essentially red-shirting as a rookie -- still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Orange Bowl -- Butt lasted just three games in his sophomore campaign before suffering another torn ACL in practice. When he was on the field, Butt drew praise from teammates and coaches in practice and looked to be building a solid rapport with Case Keenum in games. Assuming he regains his health, he looks to be the best of a large collection of young, unestablished options at Denver's disposal. One couldn't blame the Broncos' brass, however, for seeking additional options in free agency or the draft given Butt's run of injuries.
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.
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.
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