Broncos DE Adam Gotsis misses minicamp practice to have knee scoped

Broncos DE Adam Gotsis misses minicamp practice to have knee scoped

Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis was absent from the team’s final minicamp practice Thursday to have his right knee scoped to alleviate pain he’s experienced over the last week.

Head coach Vance Joseph said the “small clean-up job” was successful and that Gotsis is expected to be back on the field the first week of training camp in late July.

“It was bothering him for about four days,” Joseph said. “He kept going on it. It was just soreness. He went to the doctor (Wednesday) and there was a little something floating in there. We fixed it immediately. He’ll be back the first week of camp.”

Gotsis practiced Tuesday and Wednesday, despite the pain, and participated in all of the team’s offseason program prior to missing Thursday’s workout for the procedure.

Gotsis is one of three Broncos defenders to suffer injuries this offseason. Outside linebacker Shaq Barrett injured his hip while working out on his own. Although the injury did not require surgery, he is expected to miss two to three months. Nose tackle Kyle Peko fractured a bone in his foot in minicamp practice Tuesday and underwent surgery the following morning. He is expected to return early in training camp.

The team also held out multiple veterens for minicamp practices for minor injuries, including inside linebacker Brandon Marshall (achilles soreness), tight end A.J. Derby (hamstring), and receivers Carlos Henderson and Marlon Brown.

“It’s always a concern. You want your guys to leave here healthy,” Joseph said. “That was our major goal, to leave here healthy so guys can train and come back and have a chance to compete at camp. Absolutely, we’ve got probably six or seven guys coming back early for camp that are injured right now. So that’s a concern, absolutely.”

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Gotsis had only recently fully recovered from a torn left ACL that hindered the start to his rookie season. This injury, however, appears less severe and the timing works in his — and the team’s — favor.

Following a light practice Thursday, the Broncos will have about six weeks off before the start of camp, affording Gotsis plenty of time to recover.

The second-year lineman is expected to see a larger role on the defensive line this season and, after adding 20 pounds of muscle, has been praised by his teammates and coaches for his year-over-year improvement.

“They say it takes you a year to get back to yourself coming off of an ACL injury,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said Wednesday. “Last year when he came in, he was coming off that ACL and I don’t feel like he had the opportunity to train physically in the offseason and get prepared for his rookie season. When you look at him now, he looks like a new person. I watch him through drills. He has great athleticism for his size and he’s built like a superhero. He’s doing great things for us right now.”

Summer message

Joseph’s final words of wisdom for his players before they all went their separate ways for a pre-camp reprieve were simple.

“As they head out, the football message was the things that were learned as far as the scheme on both sides of the ball, let’s not lose that,” he said. “Let’s come back and start from this point, not go backward

And off the field?

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“Just be smart,” he said. “Let’s make good decisions socially and come back here with no issue. Use Uber or Lyft, their choice (laughing). Don’t drink and drive. That’s the message.”

Nixon Claimed

Cornerback Taurean Nixon, who was waived by the Broncos on Wednesday, was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday. Nixon was a seventh-round pick of the Broncos in 2015 and played two games on the active roster.

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