2024 is a big year for Greg Dulcich and the Denver Broncos as the third-year tight end hopes to remain healthy after a series of hamstring injuries have derailed the start of his NFL career.

Denver Broncos expect Greg Dulcich to return to practice soon

Greg Dulcich is a big athletic target in the passing game and has an explosive burst to him that makes him a wildcard yard after the catch type of threat. The issue for him and the Broncos has been his availability.

Dulcich has dealt with four injuries to the same hamstring for the past two seasons, which has led to him missing more time on the field. Everybody has seen what he can do when healthy and the Broncos are hopeful that he can return to the mix here soon.

He was not participating in on-field activities during OTAs and was on the side field working with trainers as both he and the team continue to be smart with his hamstring recovery.

Despite not participating in the first week of OTAs, Broncos head coach Sean Payton said that he’ll be back sooner rather than later and will appear at practice before the start of training camp.

The Broncos will have OTAs once again this upcoming week and then a mandatory minicamp on June 11-13. Players will then receive a four-to-five-week break before training camp in July.

During this time period, Dulcich is expected to be back at practice.

“He’s close,” Payton said after Thursday’s practice. “He’s had all the work done. We’re encouraged. I think you’ll see him sooner than later, and we want to be smart.”

Fans across Broncos Country haven’t been the kindest toward Dulcich about his injuries, but it’s a great reminder that while the fanbase is frustrated, nobody is more frustrated than Dulcich.

The injuries are beyond his control relative to their constant occurrence. That’s the problem with being an athlete who has fast-twitch muscle fibers and a big body frame.

Dulcich and the team’s training staff, led by Beau Lowery, the team’s VP of Player Health and Performance, are following the plan they’ve built around him and taking it day by day.

In the meantime, Dulcich’s injuries have opened up opportunities at the position with the emergence of Lucas Krull and the return of veteran Adam Trautman.

Both players were the headline players receiving ample reps with the Broncos’ offense during OTAs and Dulcich will likely have to compete this offseason for a spot on the roster.