It's been an interesting off-season for the Denver Broncos, to say the least.
Despite his ailing arm power and rumored injury problems, Peyton Manning has been cleared for another season under center for the Broncos. However, Manning will have one less target to throw too after Julius Thomas left Mile High for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
John Elway and co. did take steps to limiting the effect Thomas' departure will have in Denver. The Broncos signed former Ravens tight end Owen Daniels in free agency, and also spent a third round pick on Jeff Heuerman from Ohio State. That has backfired immensely however.
According to a tweet from ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter, the talented tight end Heuerman suffered a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament and will miss the entire 2015 season before it had even begun.
Heuerman was apparently injured while running down the field on a special teams drill at rookie minicamp when his knee gave way. He was carted off the field and diagnosed with a torn ACL.
“I feel terrible for Jeff and this is a very unfortunate situation,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said.
“Jeff was going to be a big part of our team this year, and he’s still going to be a big part of our team and organization in the future. He’ll get well and be with us as part of this team throughout his rehabilitation.”
Despite recording just 17 receptions and two touchdowns as a senior at the Buckeyes, the Broncos were enamoured with Heuerman's blocking ability and his good character after being a captain on Ohio State's National Championship winning team last year.
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