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Report: K.J. Hamler could miss a month with hamstring injury

Broncos rookie wide receiver K.J. Hamler expected to miss time with hamstring injury while running back Melvin Gordon deals with a rib injury.

Wide receiver KJ Hamler #13 of the Denver Broncos warms up during a training session at UCHealth Training Center on August 17, 2020 in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Update August 21: Yesterday coach Vic Fangio said that Hamler could miss a couple weeks, but it appears that could extend into a month. That timeframe would put his Week 1 status in jeopardy. Hamler is also a rookie and will undoubtedly be behind in his development with the team.

The Denver Broncos picked up some injury bugs today in practice, as rookie receiver K.J. Hamler hurt his hamstring, free agent acquisition Melvin Gordon left early with a rib injury and All Pro defensive lineman Von Miller tweaked his elbow.

The Broncos made numerous additions to their offense this offseason, with Gordon and Hamler being two notable names. With three weeks until the season gets under way, Gordon sounds like he will be fine for Week 1, but we’ll need to see how long it takes for him to get back to practice. If he is slow to return, Phillip Lindsay would get a nice boost in fantasy football.

Hamler’s injury “will keep him on the shelf for a couple weeks,” according to coach Vic Fangio. Hamler is battling for the slot position job while Courtland Sutton and rookie Jerry Jeudy will likely line up outside. Hamler’s bad luck here will set him back, especially when you consider how much meaningful time he’s had with the offense in practice this offseason and training camp. This setback likely means we will see Tim Patrick and DaeSean Hamilton on the field more to start the season, but neither is set up for useful fantasy value at this point.