As expected, the Denver Broncos on Tuesday placed tight end Jeff Heuerman on injured reserve and signed Temarrick Hemingway off the practice squad.
Heuerman suffered three fractured ribs and a collapsed lung in the 24-17 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Heuerman is the third tight end to suffer a season-ending injury. Jake Butt, who was emerging as the team’s top pass catcher at that position, tore his ACL in September and rookie Troy Fumagali went on injured reserve before the start of the regular season.
The loss of Heuerman means the Broncos have little experience at the tight end position. Rookie Matt LaCosse played a bulk of the snaps after Heuerman was injured and had 34 receiving yards and his first career touchdown.
Brian Parker, a second-year player, also so limited action on Sunday.
Heuerman, in his third season out of Ohio State, played in all 11 games, starting 10, this season and set career highs in catches (31) and receiving yards (281). He also caught two touchdown passes. He had three catches for 44 yards against the Steelers.
Hemingway, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 2016, played eight games with the Rams as a rookie. He spent the 2017 season with the Rams on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending leg injury during a preseason game.
He was in the Rams' training camp but was released. The Broncos signed him to the practice squad Oct. 10, two weeks after Butt was lost for the year.
Denver also signed defensive lineman Caushaud Lyons, tight end Tim Semisch and offensive lineman Dan Skipper to their practice squad while designating tackle Andreas Knappe as practice squad/reserve injured.