Head coach Vance Joseph said Butt (knee) will return to practice Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.
Butt, who remains on the reserve/non-football injury list, became eligible to return to practice Monday. The Broncos now have three weeks to add him to the active roster or else the rookie tight end will move to injured reserve.
Butt, a fifth-round pick out of Michigan, has yet to get in any on-field work with the Broncos since being drafted in April while he's continued to recover from a torn ACL sustained in his final collegiate game. Since it's the second time in his young career that Butt has torn his ACL, the Broncos have understandably been patient with the tight end in order to avoid a setback, but his placement on the active/Non-Football Injury list back in July will give Denver 21 days to add him to the 53-man roster or keep him on the NFI list once he commences practicing. Given that he hasn't played a competitive game in nine and a half months and has yet to go through an NFL practice, it's extremely unlikely that he'll be active for the Broncos' Week 7 tilt with the Chargers, so expect the Broncos to wait until near the end of the 21-day window before deciding on Butt's status. If Butt is added to the roster, he'd probably be ticketed for a backup role initially behind starter Virgil Green.
A report suggested Butt had been moved to the Physically Unable to Perform list, but it turns out the Broncos actually kept him on the NFI list. Regardless, Butt won't be available for the first six weeks of the season and could miss time beyond that. The 2017 fifth-round pick tore an ACL in Michigan's Orange Bowl loss to Florida State.
As expected, the 2017 fifth-round pick will be out for at least the first six games of the season. Butt suffered a torn ACL in the Orange Bowl and always figured to be a developmental project more so than an immediate contributor. He did well to land with a team that doesn't have a major pass-catching threat at his position.
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|8||10/30/17||@ KC||8:30 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/17||@ IND||8:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|