Broncos can breathe; Jerry Jeudy injury bad, but not awful

Aug 24, 2023, 3:11 PM | Updated: 3:12 pm

For Jerry Jeudy, examination of his injured hamstring revealed bad news. But it could have been worse.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Jeudy suffered a “moderate” hamstring injury that will require him to miss the next “several” weeks of work.

Broncos coach Sean Payton confirmed the injury after practice, but said that further evaluation would reveal the severity.

Jeudy suffered the injury while running an end-around during practice Thursday. He grabbed his hamstring as team medical personnel rushed to him. They helped him onto a cart moments later, and subsequently back to the locker room.


The timeline of “several weeks” could bring a stint on injured reserve into play. However, the Broncos would have to keep Jerry Jeudy on the 53-player squad for one day after the roster deadline, which comes at 2 p.m. MDT next Tuesday. They can’t place him on injured reserve now; if they did, he’d be out for the season.

The nature of hamstring injuries also matters. As the Broncos have experienced with players such as Greg Dulcich and the recently-waived KJ Hamler, hamstring issues can be finicky and linger. Denver’s best play could be to be patient with Jeudy to minimize the chance of recurrence during the regular season.

If the Broncos place Jeudy on IR after the regular season begins, he’d have to stay there for four weeks before potentially returning in Week 5. If they avoid doing that, he could return at any time.

Jeudy missed two games last season due to an ankle injury. One year earlier, a high-ankle sprain suffered in the third quarter of the regular-season opener against the New York Giants sidelined him for six games.

Upon Jeudy’s return from last year’s ankle injury, he played the best football of his career. The six games after that issue saw him catch 37 passes for 523 yards and 3 touchdowns. He caught at least 4 passes in each of those games and amassed 65 or more yards all but once during that stretch.



Sean Payton Broncos next three years...

Will Petersen

ESPN’s outlook for the Broncos over the next three years is bleak

ESPN's "Future Power Rankings" were concerning, projecting the outlook for every NFL team the next three years; they have the Broncos at 27

3 hours ago

Javonte Williams...

Cecil Lammey

Is Javonte Williams fighting for a roster spot in training camp?

Once a rising star in the Broncos backfield, the bruising running back has a lot of competition this year, as his job in anything but secure

8 hours ago

Broncos LB Drew Sanders...

Andrew Mason

No surprises as Broncos put three players on PUP list

Drew Sanders, Caden Sterns and Delarrin Turner-Yell all landed on the PUP list as the Broncos set their roster in advance of training camp.

23 hours ago

Shaquil Barrett...

Andrew Mason

Shaquil Barrett, a former Broncos and CSU edge rusher, announces retirement

Shaquil Barrett elected to walk away from the NFL on Saturday, announcing his retirement just before he was about to start camp in Miami.

2 days ago

Greg Dulcich...

Andrew Mason

Could Greg Dulcich or Lucas Krull be the Broncos’ answer at tight end?

Greg Dulcich has struggled to stay healthy. Lucas Krull is unproven. But both have dynamic pass-catching skill. Could either be the answer?

3 days ago

Brandon Aiyuk Broncos...

Will Petersen

CBS proposes Broncos as part of Aiyuk trade in a three-team deal

In the proposed Aiyuk trade the Broncos would move Courtland Sutton, but gain a third-round pick and TE Donald Parham Jr. from the Chargers

4 days ago

Broncos can breathe; Jerry Jeudy injury bad, but not awful