ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos officially placed tight end Jake Butt on injured reserve and promoted tight end Brian Parker from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday, the team announced.
Butt suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Thursday’s practice and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2018 season.
“I felt for Jake right away,” Head Coach Vance Joseph said Friday. “He’s worked so hard for the last two years to get himself back to this point. He was improving every day. He was making plays for us on Sundays. You can see the special ability this player had and the passion. This guy was the same guy every day — happy, fully engaged every day, a very smart football player. It’s a shame that it ended that way on that kind of play, but his teammates also felt for him because he’s worked so hard. But, he’ll come back. He’ll be fine.”
Parker, who initially joined the Broncos in January, will take Butt’s roster spot. He was signed to the team’s practice squad after Denver cut its roster to 53 players in early September.
Parker caught three passes for 43 yards during preseason action.