With Shane Ray requiring his third surgery on his left wrist in less than four months and landing on injured reserve for the second time this season, Barrett is first in line to fill the edge-rushing void. Prior to Ray's return from his first IR stint in Week 8, Barrett had thrived in a starting role, accruing 19 tackles (15 sacks) and three sacks in seven contests. He'll draw a favorable matchup right away Sunday against a banged-up Redskins offensive line that could be missing star left tackle Trent Williams (knee).
Barrett finished Sunday's loss to the Raiders with one sack to go along with two solo tackles.
Barrett's season sack total is now up to four. It was his first time taking down the quarterback since Week 8. The 25-year-old was used sparingly in the contest, as he logged just 29 snaps (43.0 percent).
Barrett tallied his second sack of the season in Sunday night's defeat at the hands of the Giants.
The sack was Barrett's first since Week 1. The 24-year-old, who was on the field for 52 defensive snaps (96.0 percent), also had four tackles (three solo).
Shane Ray will be placed on injured reserve with the intention of bringing him back for Week 8's contest against Kansas City, the Broncos' official site reports. Barrett (hip) will be among those tasked with keeping the pass rush humming in the interim.
The logic of placing Ray on IR, according to general manager John Elway, is that the Broncos have a bye and play their seventh game on a Monday night - reducing Ray's absence to six games as opposed to eight. Among the options the Broncos will count on opposite Von Miller, Barrett is the only familiar face. A better run defender than rusher, Barrett can still get to the passer as evidenced by his 5.5 sacks in 2015, a season in which he filled in as a starter for - you guessed it- six games.
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