Barrett is expected to start at strong-side linebacker during the Broncos' final two games of the season, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports. With Shane Ray requiring his third surgery on his left wrist in less than four months and landing on injured reserve for the second time this season, Barrett is first in line to fill the edge-rushing void. Prior to Ray's return from his first IR stint in Week 8, Barrett had thrived in a starting role, accruing 19 tackles (15 sacks) and three sacks in seven contests. He'll draw a favorable matchup right away Sunday against a banged-up Redskins offensive line that could be missing star left tackle Trent Williams (knee).
Barrett tallied his second sack of the season in Sunday night's defeat at the hands of the Giants. The sack was Barrett's first since Week 1. The 24-year-old, who was on the field for 52 defensive snaps (96.0 percent), also had four tackles (three solo).
Shane Ray will be placed on injured reserve with the intention of bringing him back for Week 8's contest against Kansas City, the Broncos' official site reports. Barrett (hip) will be among those tasked with keeping the pass rush humming in the interim. The logic of placing Ray on IR, according to general manager John Elway, is that the Broncos have a bye and play their seventh game on a Monday night -- reducing Ray's absence to six games as opposed to eight. Among the options the Broncos will count on opposite Von Miller, Barrett is the only familiar face. A better run defender than rusher, Barrett can still get to the passer as evidenced by his 5.5 sacks in 2015, a season in which he filled in as a starter for -- you guessed it-- six games.
Barrett (hip) will be removed from the non-football injury list today in the hopes of preparing to play Week 1, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. The development is welcome news for a Broncos front decimated by injuries this offseason. Denver was looking at opening the season without their top two options opposite star Von Miller, Barrett and Shane Ray. Assuming Barrett is able to get in playing shape in short order and Ray remains on his current time table, Barrett might get a few starts at the beginning of the season before moving back to a depth role. At his best when setting the edge in the running game, Barrett has shown the ability to get after the passer in spurts with 5.5 sacks as a spot-starter in 2015.
Barrett (hip) was placed on the Broncos' Non-Football Injury list Monday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Barrett evidently needs a little more time to recover from the hip injury he suffered back in May. Until Barrett is back in action, fellow reserve linebackers Kasim Edebali and Vontarrius Dora should be in line for extra reps.