Update: Monday, August 13, 2018, 10:21 AM
Sadly, the Broncos have lost safety Jamal Carter for the year with a torn hamstring. He will need surgery to repair the damage and will need extensive rehab time.
Jamal Carter out for year with torn hamstring that will require surgery. Per source. A blow as he was having terrific camp. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 13, 2018
Klis added that Carter intends to get a second opinion, but the diagnosis is a torn hamstring with a recommended season-ending surgery to repair.
According to 9NEWS Denver’s Mike Klis, Denver Broncos safety Jamal Carter had an MRI on his hamstring this morning. The second-year safety injured it during the Broncos preseason opener last night and he could miss an extended period of time according to Klis.
Safety Jamal Carter getting MRI on hamstring this morning. Looked like he’ll be down a while. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 12, 2018
Carter who is a 6’1”, 215 lb safety who signed as an undrafted free agent last year with the Broncos was battling for the Broncos fifth safety spot. He seemed like the favorite for it and was locked into a roster spot because of his role and play on special teams.
Earlier this month, Head Coach Vance Joseph called Carter a “core special teams guy” so an extended absence would hurt the Broncos special teams unit.
“Jamal Carter has had a great camp. He’s a guy that plays with his hair on fire every day. Obviously, he’s playing some dime for us and he’s also playing some high safety, but he’s a core special teams guy and he’s one of our better guys.”
He played in all 16 games for the Broncos last season in a reserve role but did total 11 tackles and 1 pass deflection with limited snaps.
Thankfully for Carter and the Broncos, they have a month before the start of the regular season so hopefully, he will not have to miss much regular season time. However, If this ends up being a serious injury that lands Carter on the injured reserve, safety Dymonte Thomas could earn himself a roster spot or they add someone after final cuts.
Hopefully, Carter’s injury isn’t serious and he won’t miss much or any regular season time for the Broncos. He’s a core special teams guy and that unit is looking to bounce back after struggling last season.