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Broncos’ Quinton Carter ready to go after two years on IR

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Twenty months after microfracture knee surgery, Broncos safety Quinton Carter says he’s finally ready to go.

As a rookie in 2011, Carter earned a starting job and played well, and Denver had high hopes for him going forward. But in 2012 Carter suffered a knee injury during offseason practice, requiring an arthroscopic procedure. Carter tried to return at the start of the regular season, but he wasn’t fully healed, and by October the doctors were telling him he needed the more serious microfracture procedure. That caused Carter to miss not just the rest of the 2012 season, but all of 2013 as well.

But now Carter is finally healthy and participating in the Broncos’ offseason program, and he says he feels ready to go.

“It feels like a long time in one sense,” Carter told Mike Klis of the Denver Post. “But it also feels like riding a bike. You get back out there, you get used to it, and sooner or later, it’s exactly how it was.”

Carter, who had interceptions off both Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady in the playoffs after his rookie year, sounds relieved that he’s getting another chance at building his career.

I’ve been out for two years,” he told the Associated Press. “Man, it seems like an eternity since I’ve played. So, I mean, I’m ecstatic to be out here. I sit out here and just take it all in.”

Carter has been gone a long time and is no lock to make the roster, but if he can get back to speed and play the way he did as a rookie, he could be a significant part of Denver’s defense. It’s been a long time, but Carter is finally ready.

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17 Responses to “Broncos’ Quinton Carter ready to go after two years on IR”
  1. 4thquartermagic says: Jun 16, 2014 7:14 PM

    “Played well” is a bit of an overstatement. He played ok. Was out of position a lot.

    Glad he’s healthy and ready to add some depth.

  2. denver1983 says: Jun 16, 2014 7:16 PM

    Welcome back hermano

  3. somethingsmellsrotten says: Jun 16, 2014 7:23 PM

    43-8

  4. ktfulmer says: Jun 16, 2014 8:18 PM

    He seemed to always come up with a turnover when we needed it during the crazy Tebow run.

  5. seachickens says: Jun 16, 2014 8:58 PM

    43-8? In 38 season only 6 with 10+ wins, 1-1 in Superbowl. Broncos have lost more Superbowls then the Seahawks will ever be in. Seahawks are a below .500 team all time.

  6. elrock7 says: Jun 16, 2014 9:13 PM

    I disagree, he is a lock to not only make the roster, but to make an impact in the secondary.

  7. canetic says: Jun 16, 2014 9:13 PM

    This article should just say — jinx! And then put him on the cover of Madden.

  8. raiderapologist says: Jun 16, 2014 9:52 PM

    Carter is the guy that caught trying to cheat at craps in Vegas, but got out of it by explaining that he was just “working the cap”.

  9. bornahawker says: Jun 16, 2014 10:16 PM

    How much free money did this guy make?

  10. scw1993 says: Jun 16, 2014 10:31 PM

    Did they sign a qb yet?

  11. shootscuz says: Jun 16, 2014 10:48 PM

    He is going to be worth the wait just like Julius Thomas was. NFL teams don’t carry dead weight unless they know they have real talent.

  12. sasquatch77 says: Jun 17, 2014 3:48 AM

    You know…

    The internet was still in its infancy when the Broncos won back-to-back SBs in the late 90s. Still, I can’t imagine that I would have spent much time trolling Packer and Falcon forums for months after those victories, bragging about the score like I had coached the team myself.

    I know its not all of you, but some of these Hawk fans need to move on.

  13. tinytoolalldrool says: Jun 17, 2014 6:03 AM

    Good luck to him and I wish him well but getting a pick off of Big Ben is not a big deal. Anyone can do that.

  14. denverdude7 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:29 AM

    Depth, talent & desire.

    The Broncos are loaded on paper but actions speak louder than words…

    GET THE MAN THE RING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sincerely.
    Bronco Nation

  15. jjackwagon says: Jun 17, 2014 9:59 AM

    ^^^^^So is he dead weight or real talent?

  16. scrotiemcb says: Jun 17, 2014 11:09 AM

    I remember all the years the Hawks were the dead weight, two auto wins on the schedule bottom feeder in the AFC West. It’ll take at least 10 more 43-8s for their fans to quit secretly wishing they were the Broncos.

  17. jredshoes says: Jun 17, 2014 11:31 AM

    The bolts in Peyton’s neck are beginning to rust. You’re one QB hit away from being at the bottom of the AFC west looking into salary cap purgatory in 2015 for all the now or never moves you made.

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