What started off as a promising rookie campaign for offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo has devolved into a season cut short by the injury bug. After missing the last four games with a shoulder injury, the Denver Broncos will place Sambrailo on season-ending injured reserve.
“It's really hard for him because this kid has tried really hard," head coach Gary Kubiak said Monday. "He's probably going to go on IR [injured reserve] tomorrow. He's going to have to have surgery. He has a pretty good injury and they don't think that it's going to get better. It's something that needs to be repaired. We gave him the chance to play through it. He wanted to try to play through it. We made it through a month and worked his tail off last week, but just unable to do it.”
Kubiak iterated that he sees a very bright future for Sambrailo with the Broncos. Alas, for the foreseeable future, the Colorado State product will have to focus on rehab and recovery.
Sambrailo won the starting left tackle job in training camp, after Ryan Clady was lost for the season with a torn ACL. The Broncos were confident enough in Sambrailo that they traded veteran Chris Clark to the Houston Texans in August.
Sambrailo started the first three games at LT and performed like most rookies do—inconsistently. But as an athletic tackle, he showed promise in Kubiak's zone blocking scheme.
Once he's placed on IR, the Broncos will have an extra roster spot to fill. They currently have three other tackles on the roster—Ryan Harris, Tyler Polumbus and Michael Schofield. All three saw snaps with the starting unit in the Broncos 29-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Sounds like they'll use that roster spot on tight end Vernon Davis, whom the team traded for today. More on that later.
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