Ray (wrist) recorded three tackles (one solo) during his season debut Monday night against the Chiefs.
Ray was activated from the Broncos' Reserve/Injured-Designated to Return list prior to the game. The 24-year-old saw a healthy workload in his return, logging 51 defensive snaps (82.0 percent). He suffered no reported setbacks in the contest.
After missing the first seven weeks of the season while recovering from left wrist surgery, Ray will make his 2017 debut Monday against the Chiefs, reclaiming his starting role at the outside linebacker spot opposite Von Miller. During his second NFL campaign, Ray proved to be an effective complement to Miller as a pass rusher, logging eight sacks to go with 48 total tackles across 16 games in 2016.
Head coach Vance Joseph said Ray (wrist) will be activated from injured reserve and start Monday against the Chiefs, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
Shaquil Barrett had been starting at strongside linebacker, but that stint will come to an end now that Ray is back to full strength. Ray's addition should upgrade the Broncos' pass rush, providing opposing offensive lines with dilemmas on both sides of the field with Von Miller wreaking havoc at the other outside linebacker spot. Miller and Ray combined for 21.5 sacks last season.
Ray (wrist) is expected to return for next Monday's game at Kansas City, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.
The Broncos opened up Ray's window for activation from injured reserve last week, when he participated in his first practice of the regular season Wednesday. With an expectation for a return in place, the team seems to believe a second week of drills will be enough to get Ray game-ready. If he receives the all-clear, he may ease into action to test out the state of his wrist. That said, he'll eventually work in concert with Von Miller and again cause headaches for opposing signal callers.
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|13||12/3/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/17||@ IND||8:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
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