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Report: Defensive End Kenny Anunike To Begin Training Camp On The PUP List

Bad news for Broncos DE Kenny Anunike.

This year's training camp was supposed to be the one that defensive end Kenny Anunike would settle into and compete injury-free. Unfortunately, his hopes of making the roster, and thus making an impact for the Denver Broncos in 2016 took a serious blow today.

The injury bug has been the bane of Anunike's short NFL career. Undrafted out of Duke in 2014, he spent his rookie season on injured reserve. 

To add insult to injury, Anunike had an amazing training camp in 2015 and dominated his snaps vs. the Seattle Seahawks in the first preseason game, but injured his knee in the game, missing the rest of the preseason. The fact that the Broncos chose to carry him on the 53-man roster speaks volumes to how he performed in training camp last year, and although he returned to the team after Week 2, he was never quite himself. 

For the second straight year, Anunike would finish the season on IR. The Broncos have been patient but they don't have the luxury of enduring such long-suffering for much longer.

We've been hopeful that Anunike would stay healthy this time around, but starting training camp on the Physically Unable To Perform list will be difficult to overcome, especially with Vance WalkerJared Crick and rookie second-rounder Adam Gotsis all ahead of him on the depth chart.

Throw in two hungry undrafted rookies in David Moala and Kyle Peko, both of whom are likely to see snaps at defensive end, and you can see that Anunike's path to the roster is fraught with obstacles. 

Here's to hoping he recovers sooner rather than later, and can make an impact before it's too late. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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