Denver Broncos Wide Receiver Jerry Jeudy Carted Off With Leg Injury

The Denver Broncos' extensive rebuild on offense has hit another speed bump. Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy suffered a moderate hamstring injury and is expected to miss "several weeks," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. Jeudy went down during Thursday's practice and had to be carted off the field. Though he thankfully avoided major injury, his status for the Broncos' Week 1 opener against the Las Vegas Raiders (and beyond) remains in doubt.

Jeudy joined the Broncos as the 15th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft and immediately slid into the team's top spot at wide receiver. He led all Broncos pass catchers in receptions (67), receiving yards (972), and touchdowns (6) last season.

Jeudy's continued development into a top target was one of the many reasons the Broncos had hope following a disastrous 2022 season that saw them finish last in points scored. Unfortunately, they're off to a bad start now; fellow wideout Tim Patrick tore his Achilles early in training camp and is expected to miss the entire season.

Still, it's not all bad for the Broncos this offseason. They hired Sean Payton, who coached the New Orleans Saints to an incredible 10 top-five finishes in points scored. They've also radically remade their offensive line, investing heavily in Ben Powers (four years, $52 million) and Mike McGlinchey (five years, $87.5 million) in free agency. So long as Jeudy's hamstring injury doesn't linger, the Broncos will have every chance to make a huge jump on offense. Whether that's enough to lift them beyond mediocrity remains to be seen.
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