According to 9NEWS Denver’s Mike Klis, backup nose tackle Kyle Peko broke a bone in his foot during today’s practice and will require surgery to repair it.
DT Kyle Peko has a broken bone in right foot. Will have surgery Wednesday morning. Expected to return early in training camp. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) June 13, 2017
Klis states that the younger Peko will is expected to return sometime “early in Training Camp”. That could be a few days in or maybe a week or so in, so his status will be something to keep an eye as we lead up to Training Camp.
Peko will likely be a candidate to be placed on the Preseason PUP list because of this injury. If they place him on here he cannot practice with the team but can be activated off this whenever the team feels he is ready. Here is the official rule for the Preseason PUP.
A player who, as a result of football-related injuries, is unable to take part in training camp practices may be assigned to the preseason PUP list. Players can be moved off the PUP list to the active roster at any time, even after one practice. A player cannot be placed on the PUP list, however, once he has taken the field for a practice, even if only for a few minutes.
He was considered to be the backup to his cousin and now teammate, veteran nose tackle Domata Peko. This injury is a slight setback, he still figures to be the favorite as of now to be the backup. Undrafted rookie Tyrique Jarrett figures to take snaps in Peko’s place as he heals.
The injury for Peko is unfortunate, but he probably could not have done it during a better part of the year. After this week’s minicamp practices, the Broncos players are off until late July. So this injury will only cost Peko a handful of practices depending how quickly he can return for the start of camp. So while unfortunate, the timing isn’t terrible since he has the rest of June and most of July to heal and rehab the injury.
Hopefully, Peko can return quickly from this injury and play well during August and crack the Broncos 53-man roster.