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Noah Fant Gets Good Injury News To Start NFL Career

Noah Fant celebrating during an Iowa football game.

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 24: Tight end Noah Fant #87 of the Iowa Hawkeyes signals against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos drafted tight end Noah Fant in the first round with the expectation that he'd be an immediate impact player. After suffering an injury against the San Francisco 49ers, the Broncos got some good news about their injured rookie.

According to NFL insider Tom Pelissero, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio told him that Fant should be good to go in Week 1. Fant has been battling an ankle injury he suffered in Week 2 of the preseason.

Fant scored 18 touchdowns in his final two years at Iowa, averaging over 14.6 yards per catch in that span. He formed one of the elite dual-tight end sets with T.J. Hockenson.

Fant also earned two All-Big Ten selections during his time at Iowa.

Though Hockenson was widely viewed as the better NFL prospect, Fant wowed at the NFL Combine. He ran a 4.50 40-time after weighing in at 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds.

The Denver Broncos wound up picking him No. 20 overall after trading down with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Fant will likely be the safety blanket for either Joe Flacco or rookie Drew Lock throughout his rookie year.

The Broncos will be lucky to have him back, and especially lucky to have him back at full health.