Report: Broncos lose Jordan Norwood to torn ACL

AP

Word from Denver was that wide receiver Jordan Norwood had done enough this summer to have a firm grip on a roster spot as the team’s punt returner and sixth wideout, but that status changed on Wednesday.

Norwood injured his left knee while running a pattern during the team’s joint practice with the Texans and Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Norwood has suffered a torn ACL. If that becomes a confirmed diagnosis, Norwood won’t play this season.

Norwood didn’t play in the NFL last season and played 16 games for the Browns in 2011 and 2012 before a foot injury knocked him out in his final year with the Browns. He caught 36 passes for 405 yards and a touchdown. He had four catches for 54 yards and two punt returns for 37 yards for the Broncos in their first two preseason games.

If Norwood’s out of the picture, undrafted rookie Isaiah Burse could have an improved chance to make the team as he’s also seen time on punt returns. The Broncos could also opt to use Wes Welker or look at other options, however, so Burse will have to impress if given more opportunities in the wake of Norwood’s injury.

13 responses to “Report: Broncos lose Jordan Norwood to torn ACL

  1. Our medical science needs to come up with something to prevent all these ACL tears. It’s so common it’s ridiculous. Can’t modern technology develop a device that protects the knee? And isn’t there technology to prevent Bill Leavy from being bribed by the Steelers?

  2. Tough deal for Norwood, but the fact of the matter is that Peyton Manning makes his WRs… not vice versa. It will be next man up and the Broncs will roll on. I wouldn’t be too concerned if I were a Denver fan.

  3. Seems like an awful lot of ACL tears this preseason, more than I can ever remember happening before the regular season even starts.

  4. There is a device, but its just inconvenient and feels wrong. Doctors like Dr. Andrews routinely say certain ACL tears would have been prevented if a player was wearing a brace on that knee. Nobody wants to wear them though, and if you’re a guy like Norwood, it could be the difference between making the team and not if he didn’t feel fully comfortable with a brace on.

  5. Sad to hear. Really enjoyed Norwood when he played for the Browns. I thought he was a really underrated slot guy who just had trouble staying on the field. A truly stand up guy though. Hope he has a speedy recovery.

  6. Haven’t seen him much since he has been in the pros. But when he was at penn state he caught everything. Has great hands. Hope he has a speedy recovery and comes back to make a squad next year.

  7. I don’t remember hearing about so many ACL injuries as a kid. Maybe because we didn’t have internet back then?

  8. I was really looking forward to seeing him contribute as a return man/ situational WR this year for the Broncos. You can tell by the way he practices that he’s a hard worker. Hoping for a speedy recovery for him.

  9. As for Welker returning punts…….NOT! please NOT!
    1) too risky with an important guy to the offense

    2)he sucks at it

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