Yet another player from the Denver Broncos left the team’s offseason workouts less than 100 percent healthy, as defensive end Adam Gotsis underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to clear up some recent discomfort.
Head coach Vance Joseph categorized the procedure as a “small cleanup job” after Thursday’s final offseason practice, and that Gotsis would be back by the first week of training camp.
“It was bothering him for about four days. He kept going on it. It was just soreness,” Joseph said. “He went to the doctor yesterday and there was a little something floating in there. We fixed it immediately. He’ll be back the first week of camp.”
Joseph also said knee that was scoped is not the same knee in which Gotsis tore during his final season at Georgia Tech in 2015 and hampered his rookie season last year.
The injury comes after nose tackle Kyle Peko suffered a broken right foot earlier this week, which required surgery. Joseph said Peko would also be out “until early camp.”
Ahead of this week’s mandatory minicamp, linebacker Shaquil Barrett suffered a hip injury in a non-team workout and would miss the remainder of the offseason.
Joseph said after the Broncos final minicamp practice Thursday that injuries are “always a concern,” especially heading into a six-week break.
“You want your guys to leave here healthy. That was our major goal, to leave here healthy so guys can train and come back and have a chance to compete at camp,” Joseph said.
“Absolutely, we’ve got probably six or seven guys coming back early for camp who are injured right now. So that’s a concern, absolutely.”
Joseph held some key players out of practice this week, including rookie wide receiver Carlos Henderson and linebacker Brandon Marshall, just as precautions.
“We want guys to leave here healthy so they can go home and train for the next five weeks,” Joseph said on Wednesday.
“The worst thing for a coach is to have a team that’s not healthy going into the break. Then guys can’t train the same way when they come back and that’s an issue. Our main goal this entire spring was to stay as healthy as possible.”
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