Ray (wrist) will undergo wrist surgery and is uncertain to be ready for the start of the regular season, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Ray underwent three such procedures in 2017 after initially injuring his wrist in training camp last summer. After seeking a second opinion on his sore left wrist Wednesday, the first opinion was confirmed and the fourth-year linebacker will now undergo a fourth procedure. His expected absence will allow rookie Bradley Chubb to open training camp as the starting outside linebacker opposite Von Miller.
Ray (wrist) was recommended to have surgery on his left wrist but is getting a second opinion, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Fortunately for Ray, the surgery would not be season-ending, but it looks like the resurfaced wrist injury is fairly serious. The Broncos will likely provide another update on Ray once he receives a second opinion, but it looks like the linebacker could be on track to undergo a procedure, especially if it means he is better off in the long term. It would be the fourth surgery that Ray will have undergone after he had three wrist procedures over the course of four months last year.
Ray didn't participate in OTAs on Monday due to a sore left wrist, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.
This isn't good news considering Ray had three procedures on the same wrist last season after injuring it in training camp. As long as his absence continues, Bradley Chubb will get all the snaps he can handle with the first-team defense.
Ray -- a first-round selection by the Broncos in 2015 -- started his career strong with four sacks in 2015 and eight in his sophomore campaign. Hampered by a wrist injury, the 24-year-old pass rusher was limited to just one sack in eight contests last season, leading the Broncos to forgo adding to his rookie contract. Given the market for pass rushers, it's possible other teams will inquire about a trade for Ray, though there is no indication at this point the Broncos have put him on the market.
Klis further explains that this isn't a result of the Broncos drafting Bradley Chubb in the first round, but rather his "disappointing production." Ray had 12 sacks over his first two seasons, but the 2015 first-round pick took down the quarterback just once in eight games during the 2017 season. He's still under contract for 2018, and he'll look to elevate his play in order to secure a handsome deal.
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