The Broncos have lost center Dan Koppen for the season to a torn ACL and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for a while with a sprained ankle, and now there’s another player who will be out for an extended spell.
Tight end Joel Dreessen’s surgically repaired knee experienced problems that kept him from playing in Saturday’s scrimmage and Lindsay Jones of USA Today reports that Dreessen will need a second arthroscopic procedure to clean up the issue. That procedure is expected to keep Dreessen out for the remainder of training camp.
The Broncos are also working without tight end Jacob Tamme right now. He’s battling a quadriceps problem that’s kept him mostly on the sideline and the dual injuries leave the Broncos without two guys who combined to catch 93 passes from Peyton Manning last year.
Those absences open the door for Julius Thomas to make his case for additional playing time. The 2011 fourth-round pick has one catch for nine yards in nine games in two seasons impacted by injuries, but the former college basketball player still intrigues because of his size and athletic ability.
If he takes advantage of the increased opportunities, Dreessen’s setback may turn out to be to more than just his knee.