The Denver Broncos shutout the New York Jets 26-0 on Sunday, but it came at a pretty significant cost.
KJ Hamler exited Sunday’s game with a knee injury. It occurred in the second quarter when Hamler collided with a Jets defender while attempting to catch a pass. Unfortunately, his injury is worse than expected.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Hamler tore his ACL on Sunday. He will miss the rest of the season, as a result.
This is a devastating loss for a Broncos team that’s 3-0 on the season.
Broncos’ WR K.J. Hamler tore his ACL Sunday and is out for the season, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 27, 2021
Head coach Vic Fangio confirmed the Hamler injury news on Monday afternoon. He also added Hamler is going to be a tough guy to replace.
Vic Fangio on what they will miss in KJ Hamler: “He’s a hard guy to cover.”
— Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) September 27, 2021
Prior to his injury, KJ Hamler had five catches for 74 yards in about 2.5 games. He will now go on the injured reserve and miss the rest of the year.
The Broncos, meanwhile, are off to a surprising 3-0 start to the 2021 season. They’ve scored wins over the Giants, Jaguars and Jets. Believe it or not, they sit atop the AFC West in a tie with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Denver’s schedule gets much tougher from here on out, though. The Broncos play the Ravens in Week 4, the Steelers in Week 5, the Raiders in Week 6 and the Browns in Week 7. Two of those four games are on the road.
We’ll learn a ton about the Broncos in coming weeks.