It was just a year ago that former Denver Broncos first-round pick Shane Ray was considered a potential All-Pro performer. Since then, the pass rusher simply has not been able to stay healthy.
Ray underwent three surgeries on his ailing left wrist during a four-month span last season, culminating in him being placed on injured reserve. All said, the Missouri product recorded just one sack in eight games. This came on the heels of a sophomore campaign in which Ray tallied eight sacks in a part-time role.
Fresh off the Broncos deciding against picking up the fifth-year option on Ray’s rookie contract, it now looks like the EDGE rusher could miss the entire 2018 campaign after a reoccurrence of the above-mentioned wrist injury.
Broncos OLB Shane Ray is getting second opinion, but as of now, another surgery on his left wrist has been recommended, per source. It would not be season-ending if he does get the surgery. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) June 5, 2018
Denver had planned for a future without Ray be selecting North Carolina State pass rusher Bradley Chubb fifth overall in April’s draft. Even then, this has to be considered a major blow to both the Broncos and their former first-round pick.
We don’t like seeing any player get injured, let alone in the offseason. We certainly don’t want to see a talented youngster forced to miss the duration of his contract year. That appears to be the case with Ray.