ENGLEWOOD — Denver Broncos tight end Greg Dulcich will miss at least the next four weeks after the team placed him on injured reserve on Saturday.

Denver Broncos tight end Greg Dulcich lands on injured reserve after another hamstring injury

Greg Dulcich’s time with the Denver Broncos hasn’t gotten off the start he or anybody else has envisioned. The second-year tight end has dealt with three hamstring injuries to the same leg, impacting his availability.

Dulcich has all of the athletic tools and traits that make him a valuable weapon for the Broncos offense, and his absence was felt late in the second half of last week’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

After doing some stretching work on the side field this week, the Broncos are placing him on injured reserve, which guarantees he’ll miss at least the next four weeks of the season. Denver is hopeful he’ll be ready to return by the time they face the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football in Week 6.

In a corresponding move, the Broncos elevated running back Dwayne Washington to the active roster ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the Washington Commanders.

Washington will likely see an elevated role on special teams.

How will the Broncos maneuver without Dulcich?

The loss of Greg Dulcich means that the Broncos offense will have to adjust without a true speed element at the tight end position.

TE Adam Trautman will continue to start for Denver and serve as an all-around player for Sean Payton. On the other hand, Payton will likely have to utilize receivers and running backs around certain play designs that involve some of Denver’s speedier playmakers going forward.

Despite having a limited amount of receptions in his NFL career, Chris Manhertz could see an increased role in the offensive passing game despite being one of the team’s best blocking options.

Undrafted rookie free agent Nate Adkins will make his regular season debut this week against the Commanders after being a healthy scratch last week against the Raiders.

If Denver suffers any other injury at the position, practice squad tight end Lucas Krull could be elevated to the active roster.

The good news for Denver is that Jerry Jeudy (hamstring) is back in the lineup and will make his regular-season debut on Sunday, but the Broncos will have to remain hopeful that he avoids any setbacks.

Game Notes:

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