The Broncos free agent addition at cornerback may have a chance to see the field this year. Bryce Callahan has been struggling with a foot injury. After missing all of preseason and the start of the regular season, Fangio announced back in September that Callahan would have a procedure on his foot to “promote healing”.
“He met with the doctors that did the surgery over the weekend and he underwent a procedure today,” Fangio said. “He’s going to be out at least 4-6 more weeks.”
“He’s still having complications from the injury he had last year and the surgery he had after the injury,”
It was not another surgery, but the procedure was going to push Callahan’s timetable out at least another 4-6 weeks.
Bryce Callahan will try and practice on Tuesday, per Fangio.— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) November 11, 2019
Bryce Callahan returning to practice is to “see where he’s at,” per Fangio.— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) November 11, 2019
Now as the team rounds the corner on the bye week, Fangio indicated today that Callahan will practice tomorrow in an attempt to “see where he’s at.”
Joe Rowles made a good point that this is potentially testing to see if Callahan should go on IR in order to make a spot for Drew Lock who looks like will be activated in the next few weeks.
Either way, this is a positive step for the cornerback, as he is at least getting on the field, albeit in a likely limited basis. This is at least progress from when Fangio addressed the Callahan situation back in late October with this exchange:
On if there is any update on CB Bryce Callahan
“Not really. He is progressing like they had hoped, but we’ll see. It’s 50-50 whether he’ll play or not play.”
On if it is 50-50 whether Callahan will play or not play this season
On if there is a possibility that they will place Callahan on injured reserve at some point
“Yeah, at some point if we decide he’s not going to go we’ll use the roster spot, but that’s what it is a spot. You still have to have seven inactive, so you bring a guy in he might not be active.”
The chance may still be 50-50 for Callahan, but at least we should know for sure the team’s plans soon.
When healthy, he is a great addition to this secondary, so whether it ends up being this year or next, it will be good to see Callahan out there on gameday.