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Broncos rookie Austin Fort tears ACL

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Undrafted tight end Austin Fort’s season ends in Seattle after he tears ACL on a deep reception.

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Fort’s season is over.
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One of Drew Lock’s biggest plays last night came with a devastating cost, as Austin Fort crumpled to the dirt after hauling in a long pass. It was clear then that his knee gave way on the reception.

Fort has been a pleasant surprise since OTAs, flashing good body control and ball skills. The hope was that he could carve out a niche in Rich Scangarello’s offense that looks like it will lean on the tight end position.

Now ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported Austin Fort tore his ACL and his season is over.

As the Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala reported on Twitter, Fort’s injury leaves the Broncos perilously thin at tight end. I would fully expect the front office to bring in someone else to compete for time behind Jeff Heuerman and Noah Fant.