According to 9NEWS Denver’s Mike Klis, the Broncos have signed returner/receiver Isaiah McKenzie to their 53-man roster and placed safety Su’a Cravens on IR-Designated to Return list.
Breaking: Broncos place Su'a Cravens on IR, re-sign Isaiah McKenzie to 53-man roster https://t.co/kXDc2Q9ylF via @9NEWS #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 2, 2018
Cravens is out for at least the first eight weeks of the regular season after his knee injury flared up again over weekend according to Klis. It was decided by the Broncos that he should undergo surgery on his knee to hopefully avoid any further issues.
Cravens missed most of training camp and the first three preseason games because of the knee. He returned to practice last week and played in the Broncos’ fourth preseason game Thursday at Arizona.
When the knee flared back up over the weekend, it was decided Cravens should undergo surgery. He had surgery on the same knee a year ago to repair a meniscus tear while he was with Washington.
This is a big blow to the Broncos defense that was expected to rely on Cravens as their “dime backer”. Thankfully, the Broncos have some depth at safety and have capable guys on the roster who can fill in for him.
Look for Will Parks to be the Broncos third safety/dime backer in sub-packages. He had himself a strong camp and preseason and has earned this role. Also, reserve safety Dymonte Thomas could get some looks here as well. He showed off his talents against Washington in the third preseason game.
So, hopefully Cravens knee heals quickly and he can re-join the Broncos for the second half of the season and help them make a postseason push.