Broncos tight end Albert Okwuegbunam sustained a torn right ACL in Sunday’s 34-27 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, a source confirmed Monday.
Okwuegbunam, who was slowed by a hip injury late in training camp, played 15 snaps against the Falcons and was injured on his only target (and reception) of the game. On a seven-yard catch, Okwuegbunam was tackled by cornerback A.J. Terrell and defensive tackle Jacob Tuioti-Mariner. It appeared that Okwuegbunam’s right knee planted into the turf awkwardly.
Minus Okwuegbunam, the Broncos finished the game with two tight ends — Noah Fant (who was examined for an ankle injury in the first quarter to play 57 snaps) and Nick Vannett (11 snaps).
Also, right tackle Demar Dotson hobbled off the field in the first half, but returned to the game and played 22 snaps before being replaced by Jake Rodgers at halftime. Rodgers played 51 snaps, basically the Broncos’ fourth right tackle of 2020 after Ja’Wuan James (opted out), Elijah Wilkinson (leg injury) and Dotson (who has started the five consecutive games).
Returner/receiver Diontae Spencer (shoulder) and cornerbacks A.J. Bouye (concussion) and Bryce Callahan (ankle) missed the Falcons game.
On Sunday, Fangio said Callahan “came in (last) Monday after the game and had some swelling in his ankle that he didn’t realize had happened in the game. It never did quite respond to the treatment. He tried to practice with it for a couple days, but he was hobbling around out there. We worked him out before the game and he didn’t, nor did we feel, he was ready to play.”
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