ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Every team's No. 1 goal for its offseason work is to emerge unscathed. That won't happen for the Broncos in 2015.
He is expected to miss the entire 2015 season.
A cart took Heuerman off the field, and a subsequent examination confirmed the worst fears of the rookie and the team.
"I feel terrible for Jeff and this is a very unfortunate situation," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. "Jeff was going to be a big part of our team this year, and he's still going to be a big part of our team and organization in the future.
"He'll get well and be with us as part of this team throughout his rehabilitation."
The injury dealt a blow to the Broncos' hopes of having a young tight end to complement an experienced group led by
Heuerman remains in the Broncos' long-term plans, as Kubiak noted, and is expected to make a full recovery. But for now the Broncos will have to make do without him, and his projected on-field development will go on hold.