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Report: Carlos Henderson returns to Broncos; Elway to decide next step

The second-year wide receiver reported to Dove Valley today to meet with John Elway. While he expressed a desire to return to play for the Denver Broncos, his future with the team is still uncertain.

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It’s been a roller coaster ride of a career thus far for Carlos Henderson. The former high-profile wide receiver from Louisiana Tech was selected by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, with the hope he could significantly improve their aerial attack his rookie season. Unfortunately, he missed the entire year due to torn ligaments in his thumb — and to complicate matters further — Henderson was arrested on a marijuana charge this past January.

Most certainly, the aforementioned wasn’t the situation the team envisioned when they made him a high-round draft choice. To make matters worse, the second-year receiver failed to report for training camp this past July — effectively putting his football career in jeopardy before it had even effectively started. But things may be different moving forward, as Henderson reported to Broncos headquarters at Dove Valley today.

According to Mike Klis of 9News, second-year wide receiver Carlos Henderson spoke with Vice President of Football Operations / General Manager John Elway and mentioned his desire to come back and play. However, the team hasn’t made a decision on whether or not they’ll accept him back, but are expected to make a decision within the next several days.

But is there even room on the Broncos’ roster for Henderson? The franchise used two selections on receivers in the 2018 NFL Draft when they snagged Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. Both impressed early on in their stint with the team and figure to play big roles on offense in 2018. Coupled with veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, the wide receiver positions appears to be strength on the team’s offense this season as opposed to a cause for concern like the year prior. A handful of other young receivers and Isaiah McKenzie are battling it out for the fifth and sixth spots on the team. With Henderson missing so much action this summer and others on the roster fairing well in camp and the preseason — his appearance at Dove Valley might be too little and too late.

Stay tuned to Mile High Report and we will keep you updated on the situation regarding Henderson.