The Legend of Andy Janovich as a Bronco is going to have to wait a season.
The rookie fullback was just placed on season-ending Injured Reserve after ankle surgery yesterday.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Jano injured the ankle on the opening play of Denver’s game Sunday versus the Kansas City Chiefs, but “Hammerhead” played anyway.
Kubiak said Janovich got hurt on the first play of the game and played through it. Sunday was a brutal game. https://t.co/CsLuKXpbvn— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) November 30, 2016
Broncos Country already knew Jano was tough as No. 32 played two games with a club on his right hand after breaking a bone in it. He even caught a one-handed pass for a first down in the win over the Saints. Sunday night’s matchup was the first game in three weeks Jano didn’t have the cast on his hand.
The former Cornhusker jumpstarted his NFL debut with a 28-yard touchdown in the Broncos’ season-opener against the Carolina Panthers. Since then the fullback’s talent often seemed under utilized, but if there were a successful run, fans could be pretty sure Janovich was in the game.
At the beginning of the season in an exclusive interview with MHR, Janovich noted that he measures his success by how much yardage the running backs are able to accumulate.
"Just how well I block … how far can I move the linebacker away from the hole? How well did the run work? How good was my position on the block?" Janovich said of his barometers for success.
The fullback will finish this season with 33 rushing yards on four carries and 44 receiving yards on five catches.
May the legend of Andy Janovich carry on in full force next season.