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Bryce Callahan progressing slowly; may not play this season

One of the Denver Broncos high-priced free agents may not see the field in 2019 as he continues to struggle to come back from injury.

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When the Denver Broncos shelled out a three-year, $21 million deal with $10 million fully guaranteed to cornerback Bryce Callahan, they probably didn’t expect him to never heal from a foot injury he suffered the previous season and ultimately miss the entire 2019 season as well. However, here they and we are.

A month ago, Callahan underwent a non-surgical procedure to help promote healing, but it would seem that process is not working as quickly as they had hoped. The team intends to re-evaluate the situation in another two weeks, but it sure doesn’t down like head coach Vic Fangio thinks Callahan will be ready to play this year.

“He’s progressing,” Fangio said on Wednesday. “Obviously, he’s not progressing enough to where you’ll see him out here running, but it wasn’t planned to be. From the day he got it, we knew it was going to be—four to six is what we told you. It was really closer to six than four. He’s another guy, even if it does him well and he can play, the conditioning level is a factor.”

When asked if Callahan may not play this season, Fangio noted that it was ‘definitely possible’. While disappointing, perhaps being moved to injured reserve would be a blessing for Callahan. Foot injuries are notoriously nagging, so a full year plus of recovery and rehab could help extend his playing career.

And before you go slamming John Elway for making this deal. We all universally loved the move back in March.


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So we all should take the ‘L’ on this one and hope Callahan comes back stronger than ever in 2020.