Mike Klis reports that Broncos OLB Shaq Barrett suffered a “serious” hip injury while working out on his own and is expected to be out two or three months with the possibility of an even longer absence.
Brandon Krisztal first reported that Broncos OLB Shaq Barrett was not at OTAs due to a hip injury that could hold him out for a “significant” amount of time.
Krisztal admitted that Barrett’s timeline was unclear and he has an appointment scheduled with a doctor to determine the severity of the issue.
Broncos HC Vance Joseph has since confirmed (per Nicki Jhabvala) that Barrett does, in fact, have a hip injury and added that they should know more about it in the next week or so.
According to James Palmer, Barrett will miss OTAs but is expected to be back for training camp. However, Jhabvala says that there are currently varying timetable for his return and it’s still too early to say when he could be back on the field.
Barrett suffered the injury while working out on his own, according to Jhabvala.
Barrett, 24, wound up signing on with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado State back in 2014. He was on and off of their practice squad during his rookie season but managed to make the 53-man roster in each of the past two seasons.
The Broncos re-signed Barrett to a one-year, $615,000 exclusive rights contract a month ago.
In 2016, Barrett appeared in all 16 games for the Broncos and recorded 36 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 28 edge defender out of 109 qualifying players.