The Denver Broncos made it official Saturday – tight end Jake Butt is done for the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in Thursday’s practice.
He suffered his injury during the walkthrough portion of Thursday’s practice. Denver put Butt on injured reserve on Saturday.
“I felt for Jake right away. He’s worked so hard for the last two years to get himself back to this point,” head coach Vance Joseph said after practice on Friday. “He was improving every day. He was making plays for us on Sundays. You can see the special ability this player had and the passion. This guy was the same guy every day — happy, fully engaged every day, a very smart football player. It’s a shame that it ended that way on that kind of play, but his teammates also felt for him because he’s worked so hard. But, he’ll come back. He’ll be fine.”
Butt started the first three games and had eight receptions for 85 yards. The Broncos (2-1) promoted tight end Brian Parker from the practice squad to fill Butt’s roster spot.
Butt missed all of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee he suffered in his last game at the University of Michigan. Denver still took him in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He spent the 2017 season on injured reserve.
It is the third time he has suffered the same injury in his football career. He tore the right one twice in college.
Parker is a third-year tight end from the University of Albany who appeared in nine regular-season games and two postseason contests with Kansas City as a rookie in 2015. He spent two days on the New York Jets’ active roster in 2016 in addition to competing on Denver’s practice squad (2017-18).
AILING SECONDARY: Denver will face the NFL’s top passer in Kansas City’s Pat Mahomes on Monday night with a banged-up secondary. Stopping Mahomes, who has 13 touchdown passes and leads the league’s highest-scoring offense, was going to be tough at full strength but the Broncos might be without cornerback Tramaine Brock.
Brock, who left last Sunday’s loss at Baltimore with a groin injury, hasn’t practiced for two days due to a thigh injury and is listed as doubtful.
In addition, cornerback Adam Jones (thigh), safety Dymonte Thomas (abdomen) and linebacker Brandon Marshall (knee) were limited in practice and listed as questionable.
Joseph said after Friday’s practice he is hopeful Brock and Jones will play. If either miss Monday’s game rookie Isaac Yiadom could see expanded playing time in passing downs.
“He ran today without pain, so we’ll see,” Joseph said of Brock on Friday. “It’s still early.”