Today, the Denver Broncos placed Quanterus Smith (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season, and promoted outside linebacker/defensive end Shaquil Barrett. After essentially red-shirting his rookie year (2013) with a knee injury, Smith finally saw significant snaps with the defense in 2014, mostly in relief of DeMarcus Ware.
Smith played a total of 308 snaps, notching zero sacks and 11 tackles. However, he did account for 11 combined QB hurries and hits. The former Western Kentucky product has flashed great potential, but has yet to really translate that into pass rushing production on the grid-iron.
It's sad to see a young player with such talent suffer such a setback to his career. The injury bug has plagued Smith since his final year in college. He finished his senior year injured, but his talent was impressive enough for the Broncos to justify a 5th round pick on him.
This marks the second time this season that Barrett has found himself on the Broncos active 53-man roster. Going undrafted this year out of Colorado State, he has shown promise as a situational pass rusher, with the potential to become more than that.
With the Indianapolis Colts coming to Denver to face off in the Divisional Round of the AFC playoffs, the Broncos are remarkably healthy. T.J. Ward, David Bruton and Brandon Marshall all practiced with the team this week, with Marshall being the only one limited.
However, all signs point to Marshall suiting up and starting tomorrow, unless he suffers a setback to his previously sprained foot. With Lerentee McCray (OLB) and Malik Jackson (DE) as reserve pass rushers behind Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, don't expect to see much of Barrett tomorrow.