Just over a week after the Broncos selected Jeff Heuerman in the third-round of the draft the tight end’s 2015 season appears to be over.
According to the Broncos, Saturday afternoon at the team’s rookie minicamp practice Heuerman tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee.
Heuerman, who was drafted 92nd overall last Friday was ready to learn and contribute immediately but will have to wait several months to a year to accomplish that on the field.
“I feel terrible for Jeff and this is an unfortunate situation,” Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak said through a team press release. “Jeff was going to be a big part of our team this year, and he’s still going to be a big part of our team and organization in the future.”
He caught only 17 passes in his final year as an Ohio State Buckeye but was touted as a leader in the locker room and a versatile tight end who could block from the end, as well as in the backfield. The 6’5”, 255 pound tight end will likely miss the entire season.
Fortunately, the Broncos signed several free agent tight end this offseason and likely will not have to make an additional moves to bolster the roster at that position.