According to 9NEWS Denver’s Mike Klis, fullback Andy Janovich will miss the next six to eight weeks with a strained pectoral muscle. This is a somewhat positive result considering the reports leading up to this pointed a potential season ending injury for Janovich.
Team source: FB Andy Janovich out 6-8 weeks with strained pec injury. “Better than we expected.” No doubt coulda been worse. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 9, 2019
This will keep Janovich out through the first few weeks of the season and potentially into the start of October. However, it appears he will only miss a handful of regular season action for the Broncos.
Undrafted rookie George Aston is only other fullback on the roster and he knows slides into more of a featured role with Janovich sidelined. It is unclear if they would go into the regular season with two fullbacks on their 53-man roster or simply use a tight end in that role until Janovich is healthy.
Those questions will be answered in the coming days and weeks. Aston has a chance to show the coaches that he’s worthy of a 53-man roster spot and will get plenty of chances to prove that. He is currently the only fullback on the roster and the injuries at tight end really limit the competition of a swing fullback/tight end guy.
In the end, this is good news for both parties and thankfully, this is an injury that happened in early August instead of the middle of the season.