According to 9NEWS Denver’s Mike Klis, Denver Broncos edge rusher Baron Browning underwent offseason arthroscopic knee surgery. The explosive edge rusher has been absent from OTA practices, and this explains why.
According to Klis, Browning recently underwent surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his knee but is expected back by the start of training camp.
The talented pass rusher transitioned from inside linebacker to edge rusher this past season and quickly became one of the Broncos' best pass rushers. He was expected to start alongside Randy Gregory this upcoming season, but this injury and surgery have derailed his offseason a bit. It also adds some more injury concerns to the Broncos' two starting edge rushers. We all know about Gregory’s injury concerns and now with Browning suffering a knee injury that requires surgery, the Broncos needed to add to their depth. So, this helps explain the signing of veteran Frank Clark.
I would argue the Clark signing was needed regardless of Browning’s injury, but it makes even more sense now. You have injury concerns with both of your starting edge rushers and the depth behind them have not proven to be reliable players as of yet. So, adding a veteran like Clark for insurance and depth makes a lot of sense.
It sounds like Browning should be good to go by the start of training camp, so hopefully, he can return from this surgery with no setbacks and be a disruptive pass rusher for the Broncos this upcoming season.
Now, 9NEWS Denver’s Mike Klis is reporting that edge rusher Baron Browning could be sidelined through training camp and that his availability for week one may be in question.
Update: While there is hope OLB Baron Browning could return some time during training camp that may be optimistic as the start of the regular season could be in question.— Mike Klis (@mikeklis) June 8, 2023
Frank Clark adds not just edge depth but starter-quality edge depth. #9sports https://t.co/tYfoPNtOMf
His earlier report of Browning expected to be back for the start of training camp was incorrect. Now, it appears the hope is that he will be back for some training camp, but could be sidelined through week one.
This likely means that Browning will start training camp on the PUP and hopefully, we see him back before week one. I would assume he will miss most, if not all, of the preseason as well.
This makes the signing of Frank Clark even more significant and puts him in line to start alongside Randy Gregory come week one.