Colorado tight end Jared Poplawski will miss the entire 2018 season after sustaining a torn labrum last week.
Coach Mike MacIntyre confirmed that Poplawski suffered the injury during the final play of a practice session late last week, according to the Boulder Daily Camera. Poplawski underwent surgery on Tuesday.
Poplawski is no stranger to injuries, as he sustained a knee injury late last season and had been rehabbing a torn ACL this offseason.
“His knee is fine, but he tore his shoulder,” MacIntyre said of the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Poplawski, according to the Daily Camera. “It’s a shame.”
Poplawski was limited to nine games played as a true freshman because of the torn ACL he suffered Nov. 11 against USC.
Junior Chris Bounds, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, is the Buffaloes’ top tight end. He had six receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns last season after making just one catch for eight yards in one game as a freshman.
Walk-on Brady Russell and junior college transfer Darrion Jones are also slated to play the position.
“It’s very important,” MacIntyre said of Russell’s emergence. “We’d love to have Pop, but we’re glad we have Brady and Darrion Jones and Chris Bounds. They’re doing a good job.”