Broncos Lose Key Free-Agent Signing For ‘A Few Weeks’ Due To Knee Injury

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The Denver Broncos have been dealt an early setback as their big free-agent acquisition, offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, is expected to be sidelined for “a few weeks.”

Head coach Sean Payton confirmed that McGlinchey’s suffered a sprained knee injury during a training camp session.

The injury occurred during a 9-on-7 running drill at the team’s training camp on Tuesday. McGlinchey got rolled up on by another player, causing him to limp off the field under his own power.

The Broncos made a significant effort to revamp their offense during the offseason, having finished last in scoring in Russell Wilson’s first season in Denver.

Part of their strategy included acquiring Mike McGlinchey on a five-year, $87.5 million contract from the San Francisco 49ers. McGlinchey was brought in to solidify the right tackle position and contribute to the offensive line’s success.

The team’s offensive reimagining also involved hiring Sean Payton, renowned for his successful tenure coaching the New Orleans Saints’ high-powered offenses from 2006 to 2021.

With the recent addition of McGlinchey, the Broncos were eager to integrate him into their offensive plans, particularly as they enter the second season of the Russell Wilson era.

While hopes remain high for McGlinchey’s return by Week 1, the Broncos have a contingency plan in place. Veteran tackle Cam Fleming is anticipated to step in if needed.