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Broncos safety Quinton Carter to have season-ending knee surgery

Javarris James,  Quinton Carter AP

The Broncos replaced safety Quinton Carter in the starting lineup before the start of the season and now they’ll have to replace him altogether.

Carter will miss the rest of the year because of a knee injury. Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Carter will have microfracture surgery on his left knee and the team announced that they have placed him on injured reserve.

Carter started the final 10 regular season games and both playoff games for the Broncos last season after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. Carter finished the regular season with 56 tackles and a sack and intercepted Ben Roethlisberger in Denver’s playoff win over the Steelers. He’s played mostly special teams this year, though, as the Broncos have gone with Mike Adams and Rahim Moore as the starting safeties.

The Broncos also announced that they have signed a pair of players off their practice squad. Safety Duke Ihenacho was signed as an undrafted free agent in April and linebacker Mike Mohamed was a Broncos sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft who played a pair of games as a rookie last season. The Broncos had an extra spot to fill because of linebacker Joe Mays‘ suspension for Sunday’s game against the Raiders.

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4 Responses to “Broncos safety Quinton Carter to have season-ending knee surgery”
  1. proteus914 says: Sep 29, 2012 7:26 PM

    Sorry to hear it. Q was valuable depth in the secondary. He played well last year.

  2. wrathofgodzilla says: Sep 29, 2012 8:28 PM

    We didn’t pick Moore over Carter. Quinton has just been injured constantly. Hopefully giving him the year off after surgery will get him back up to speed and keeps him on the field next year. He plays hard and smart when healthy.

  3. milehigh85 says: Sep 29, 2012 10:31 PM

    Moore just doesn’t have the discipline to be a starter in my opinion. Hopefully a couple years under Jack Del Rio will give him that but…. Until then Carter will be missed.

  4. wayne1693 says: Sep 30, 2012 2:14 AM

    I think the Broncos are destined for 8-8…give or take a game.

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