Fumagalli (sports hernia) won't play in Friday's preseason contest against the Redskins, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
The rookie out of Wisconsin has been battling the sports hernia ailment for a couple of months now and it seems like it's going to be a gradual process towards full health. Given the lingering nature of such an injury, it wouldn't be surprising should Fumagalli be sidelined for part of the regular season. In the meantime, Fumagalli's absence provides Jake Butt with another chance to separate himself from the rookie on the depth chart.
Fumagalli (sports hernia) has been ruled out for Saturday's preseason contest against the Bears, Mike Klis of 9News.com reports.
Fumagalli will miss his second consecutive preseason contest as he continues to recover from sports hernia surgery, while the rookie hasn't had a chance to challenge Austin Traylor (shoulder) and Jake Butt for positioning on the depth chart at tight end behind starter Jeff Heuerman (knee). Fumagalli's next opportunity to make his debut will come in Week 3 of the preseason Friday versus the Redskins.
Fumagalli did not participate in Thursday's practice due to a groin injury, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Fumagalli said Thursday that the injury is related to the sports hernia surgery that he underwent this offseason, so it looks like he might have suffered a bit of a setback after returning to practice a little over a week ago. While missing practice as a rookie certainly isn't ideal for the tight end, the Broncos will likely proceed with extra caution with Fumagalli for the rest of training camp to ensure he is healthy for the regular season.