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Courtland Sutton suffers shoulder injury in practice, questionable for Week 1 Monday

The Broncos are waiting on pins and needles as trainers evaluate Courtland Sutton.

Wide receiver Courtland Sutton of the Denver Broncos smiles while stretching during a training session at UCHealth Training Center on August 17, 2020 in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Official injury status: The Broncos have designated Courtland Sutton as questionable for Week 1 Monday Night Football against the Tennessee Titans.

UPDATE 6:13 p.m.: Sutton suffered a sprained AC joint, according to Adam Schefter. It sounds like the recovery time could be anywhere from a week or two to five or six weeks depending on the severity.

UPDATE 4:44 p.m.: The Broncos listed Sutton as limited in practice, according to reporter James Palmer. Given that he injured himself once practice got going, he would not have been a DNP, so this does not clear things up.

UPDATE 4:27 p.m.: Courtland Sutton is undergoing an MRI on his shoulder to determine the severity of the injury, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Denver Broncos held their first practice of game week for their Week 1 Monday Night Football contest against the Tennessee Titans, and they’ve suffered a significant loss. Wide receiver Courtland Sutton left the field after suffering a shoulder injury, and has gone to the locker room with the team’s trainers.

The news comes the same week they lost edge rusher Von Miller to an ankle injury that could cost him the rest of the season. We don’t yet know Sutton’s status.

Sutton led the Broncos with 72 receptions for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns in a breakout campaign for the 2018 second round pick. Noah Fant was second on the team in all categories, while Emmanuel Sanders — traded midway through the season — was the next wide receiver on the stats sheet.

The Broncos spent a first round pick on Jerry Jeudy this year, and if Sutton misses any time, expectations will only grow for Jeudy. He and Fant will be Drew Lock’s top two pass catchers by a long shot.

In Week 1, Denver hosts a Tennessee defense that ranked 18th overall last season, and just 22nd against the pass. Of course, the unit did add Jadeveon Clowney to beef up their pass rush. Clowney thinks he’ll be able to play on Monday, but his status is still unclear so soon after signing with the team.