Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett was absent for the team’s fourth organized team activity practice Tuesday due to a hip injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the offseason workout program but return in time for training camp, according to NFL Network’s James Palmer.
Shaq Barrett’s hip injury wasn’t a lingering issues according to VJ. I’m told he’ll miss the offseason but is expected to be back for camp.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) May 30, 2017
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said the severity of Barrett’s hip injury is unknown at this time, but that he expects to have more information regarding the four-year veteran pass rusher within a week.
“It’s the early stages of it right now, so he’s being evaluated,” Joseph said, via the Broncos’ team website. “We should know more in a week’s time, but that’s where he is.”
Broncos reporter Brandon Krisztal reported Tuesday the Barrett “could miss significant time,” but that the outside linebacker’s timeline for a return is unclear.
Shaq Barrett not at OTAs, source says he has Dr. appt to determine severity of a hip injury. Timeline unclear, could miss significant time.
— Brandon Krisztal (@BKDenverSports) May 30, 2017
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound outside linebacker recorded 36 tackles, 1.5 sacks, three tackles for a loss, and one forced fumble in his third season with the franchise but is likely to see an expanded role in 2017 following DeMarcus Ware’s retirement.
Barrett, 24, is expected to see plenty of snaps as a rotational pass rusher behind outside linebackers Von Miller and Shane Ray in 2017 and played a key role in the franchise’s route to a Super Bowl title during the 2015 season.
Barrett recorded career-highs in tackles (50), sacks (5.5), tackles for a loss (6), passes defended (4), and forced fumbles (5) during the franchise’s third Super Bowl winning season, and would be a significant loss for Denver’s coaching staff if he’s not ready for the start of the 2017 regular season.