The Broncos waived Watson (pectoral) from injured reserve Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Watson was expected to be the Broncos starter after signing a three-year, $18.75 million contract in 2017. He couldn't stay healthy this preseason to prove himself, so Jared Veldheer will get the nod at right tackle in Week 1.
Watson simply didn't play up to the standards set by his three-year, $18.75 million contract signed in 2017, when the Broncos hoped to secure a consistent starter at right tackle. He appeared in just seven games before being placed on IR with a foot injury, and a non-related pectoral issue has plagued Watson throughout the preseason. An expected total of $6.8 million will count against the Broncos in dead money this season due to Watson's salary and signing bonus.
Watson is considered week-to-week after undergoing an MRI that revealed a strained pectoral, Mike Klis of 9News.com reports.
Watson avoided a tear in his pectoral muscle, but he could miss the remainder of the preseason if the Broncos elect not to rush him back prior to Week 1 of the regular season. The 29-year-old veteran is slated to provide depth at right guard upon his return to full health.
Watson had an MRI on Thursday morning on his strained pectoral, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Watson has been sidelined with the pectoral injury for a little over a week now, and with seemingly no progress being made, the team has elected to have further testing done. Expect an update on Watson's results once the Broncos get the results back.
Watson sat out of Wednesday's practice with a pectoral injury, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
This is rather unappetizing news for Watson who currently finds himself battling for a roster spot. As of right now there is no timetable for how long he'll be out, but everyday he isn't on the field bodes negatively for his chances of making the final roster.
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