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October 25, 2020 03:12 PM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Out Week 7
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game versus Kansas City, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

The 25-year-old played a season-high 39 offensive snaps last week but won't be available for Week 7 due to the hamstring issue. Noah Fant (ankle) is back in action Sunday, so it's unlikely Butt would have factored into the passing game regardless.

October 23, 2020 06:24 PM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Questionable to face Chiefs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Butt played a season-high 61 percent of offensive snaps against New England in Week 6, but he didn't draw a single target. Top tight end Noah Fant (ankle) is on track to return Sunday, so even if Butt were forced to sit out, Denver's offense wouldn't be affected much.

August 19, 2020 11:20 PM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Stringing together strong practices
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt has impressed thus far at camp, Benjamin Allbright of KOA News Radio reports.

Butt was a stud at Michigan, but knee injuries have limited him to just three games in three seasons in Denver. Quality practice reps aside, Butt has a steep climb to make the final roster. Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam represent the future of the position in Denver while Andrew Beck offers fullback versatility. Assuming that the Broncos carry just four tight ends, Butt will have to beat out Troy Fumagalli and Nick. Vannett, the latter of whom would be cost-prohibitive to cut.

May 30, 2020 11:48 PM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Healthy this offseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt is ready for a full workout and practice plan this offseason, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

The 2017 fifth-round pick has suffered three ACL tears since 2014, and he missed the entire 2019 season after having "minor" knee surgery in late August. With only three regular-season NFL appearances to his name, Butt faces an uphill battle to earn a spot on the Broncos' 53-man roster.

February 3, 2020 04:24 PM
Broncos' Jake Butt: No tread in 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt (knee) wasn't activated from IR in 2019.

After tearing his ACL in September of 2018, Butt started the season on injured reserve. The Broncos never activated him despite completing rehab, as they later used their two IR activations on Tim Patrick (hand) and Drew Lock (thumb). Butt is under contract for the 2020 season, but he's not a lock to make the final roster because Noah Fant, Jeff Heurerman, Troy Fumagalli and Austin Fort (knee) will all be in the battle as well.

October 18, 2019 04:20 PM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Expected to practice next week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt (knee) is set to begin practicing next week, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Butt should be fully recovered from his ACL injury by the time he's eligible to retake the field Week 9. However, the Broncos can only designate two of Butt, Drew Lock (thumb), Theo Riddick (shoulder) and Tim Patrick (hand) to be activated from IR. With a plethora of young tight ends already on the roster, including rookie first-round pick Noah Fant, it remains to be seen whether Butt will be one of the two players selected to return by Denver.

September 1, 2019 03:20 AM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Will start season on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager John Elway told reporters Saturday that Butt (knee) will be placed on injured reserve to start the season, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

A feel-good story throughout camp, Butt has dealt with numerous setbacks during his recovery from a season-ending ACL tear, necessitating a recent scope. Butt should be recovered even before he's eligible to return after eight weeks, but it's fair to wonder -- with other young tight ends on the roster -- whether Denver would spend one of its two return designations on Butt, who has been healthy for just three games through two-plus seasons.

August 30, 2019 12:20 AM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Expected to miss one month
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt will miss approximately one month while on the mend from left knee surgery, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

The Broncos are estimating that Butt will miss about a month, though that timeline could change after surgery. Either way, he'll remain out for at least the first four weeks of the regular season and likely longer.

August 28, 2019 04:04 PM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Needs another knee surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt is scheduled for minor surgery on his left knee following his most recent setback, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Butt returned from his third ACL tear for Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams, hauling in both of his targets for 17 yards. He apparently suffered a setback either during the game or Monday at practice, as he wasn't present Tuesday when coach Vic Fangio ruled the tight end out for Thursday's preseason finale versus Arizona. The 24-year-old now appears in danger of spending another season on injured reserve, even though his latest surgery is considered minor.

August 28, 2019 09:12 AM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Knee still an issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt (knee) won't practice Tuesday and will sit out Thursday night's preseason finale against the Cardinals, Jeff Legwold of reports.

Additionally, coach Vic Fangio hasn't ruled out the possibility of placing Butt on IR in conjunction with roster cut-downs later this week. The reason the move is being considered is that the tight end's knee continues to flare up at times, and the team may elect to shut down the 2017 fifth-rounder until the issue settles down.

August 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Nabs two passes in preseason debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt caught both of his targets for 17 yards during Saturday's 10-6 preseason loss to the Rams.

Recovering from his third ACL tear, Butt finally made his preseason debut Saturday, logging 11 offensive snaps and making two nice catches underneath. The Broncos are thin down the tight-end depth chart with Austin Fort and Bug Howard on injured reserve. Fullback Andy Janovich (pectoral) should also miss the first few games of the year. Provided he doesn't suffer another setback in his rehab, Butt has a decent shot at making the final roster.

August 21, 2019 11:52 AM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Making progress
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt is expected to fully participate in non-padded team drills during Wednesday's practice, Tom Pelissero of reports.

Butt is coming off an ACL tear that ended his 2018 season, the third such injury of his career. The 2017 fifth-round pick is competing for a depth role in Denver's tight end room.

August 12, 2019 08:16 AM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Returns to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt (knee) returned to practice Sunday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Butt has been working his way back from a torn ACL that ended his 2018 season. He's battling for a fringe roster spot as the team's No. 4 tight end.

August 10, 2019 04:44 PM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Odds of making roster improve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rookie Austin Fort, who was competing with Butt (knee) for a roster spot, is out for the season with a torn ACL, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Butt is working his way back from a torn ACL himself and was facing serious pressure from Fort for the TE4 job, with Fort turning plenty of heads in training camp. With Fort now out, and fullback Andy Janovich (pectoral) set to miss six to eight weeks, the odds are as high as ever that Denver carries four tight ends for at least the first few weeks of the season. Butt is still dealing with knee pain and so his health will need to improve for him to have any sort of shot, but after providing a reliable underneath target in his three games in 2018, he would seem to be the most logical option.

August 5, 2019 09:24 PM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Feeling pressure to return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt (knee) said that his knee is sound following a torn ACL that ended his 2018 season, but that he knows he needs to prove himself on the practice field to make the team, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Long story short, the news is good for Butt. Though he was hoping to rehab in just six months, like he was able to following his first torn ACL, he's seeing improvement and his knee is structurally fine. That doesn't necessarily mean that he still finds a way on the final 53-man roster. Though Butt noted Denver's faith in him by keeping the Michigan product around, the front office did re-sign Jeff Heuerman and draft Noah Fant in the first round all while youngsters Troy Fumagalli and Austin Fort have put together nice offseasons. Butt was too reliable a target at the start of last season to dismiss now, but he certainly has his work cut out for him in the coming weeks.

July 31, 2019 12:36 AM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Stands at No. 4 on depth chart
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt (knee) is listed as the Broncos' fourth tight end on the team's first official depth chart.

The Broncos thought that they were getting a steal when they drafted Butt in the fifth round of the 2017 draft, but the Michigan product has played in just three games in two season as a result of a pair of torn ACLs. Now, he is squarely on the roster bubble. Veteran Jeff Heuerman and rookie Noah Fant are just about guaranteed spots on the roster, and sophomore Troy Fumagalli earned first-team reps in the spring. It is certainly possible that Denver carries four tight ends this season, but it will be hard for Butt to earn such a spot as he continues to struggle with rehab as undrafted rookie Austin Fort draws impressive reviews with his receiving ability.

July 24, 2019 04:08 PM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Still not practicing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt (knee) is not practicing Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Butt participated in some 7-on-7 drills during last week's practice, but has not taken the field since. The 2017 fifth-round pick is coming off the second ACL tear of his NFL career, so it's understandable that the Broncos are taking a cautious approach to his recovery. Butt is competing for a backup tight end role.

July 23, 2019 02:32 PM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Injury isn't major concern
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt's knee injury is not a major concern according to head coach Vic Fangio, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. "I don't think it's major concern," Fangio said Monday. "Kind of to be expected. Just didn't feel right for him."

The Broncos are off Tuesday, so the tight end's next opportunity to take the field will come Wednesday. Butt has had an injury-riddled beginning to his NFL career, suffering two torn ACLs in his first two seasons in the league. For that reason, the Broncos are likely to exercise extreme caution with Butt this preseason.

July 21, 2019 11:04 PM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Not practicing Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt (knee) is not practicing Sunday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Butt participated in a few snaps of 7-on-7 work late last week. The team appears to be taking it slow with Butt as he works his way back from the third ACL tear in his career. He's competing for a backup tight end role.

July 18, 2019 11:16 PM
Broncos' Jake Butt: Returns to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butt (knee) played 5-to-6 snaps of 7-on-7 during Thursday's practice, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Butt was finally able to return to practice and took part in some 7-on-7 work. "I have to shake off some rust," stated Butt. "It's been a while. It feels like I've been fighting an uphill battle overcoming this third ACL. It's going to take some time and that being said, it's still really early." Butt has logged just three NFL games since being selected in the 2017 Draft after tearing his ACL yet again in September of 2018.

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