ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Rookie inside linebacker Justin Strnad will miss the entire 2020 season after undergoing surgery on his wrist, Head Coach Vic Fangio said Monday.
Strnad suffered the injury during Sunday's training camp practice and exited the field early during a team period with a trainer.
"It was a dislocation," Fangio said. "That in and of itself wouldn't put him out for the year, but there [were] other complications, too."
Strnad, a 2020 fifth-round pick, was expected to help the team in its nickel defense and was receiving second-team reps early in camp. He earned honorable mention All-ACC honors twice in college but had his senior season cut short with a bicep injury.
Linebackers Josey Jewell, Josh Waston, Joe Jones and Justin Hollins may need to take on an increased role in Strnad's absence, particularly in pass coverage. Hollins had been practicing with the outside linebackers but shifted over to practice with the inside linebackers on Monday.
Strnad was just one of 11 players to be held out of Monday's session. WR KJ Hamler (hamstring), WR Juwann Winfree (groin), CB Michael Ojemudia (quad), S Alijah Holder (soft tissue), CB De'Vante Bausby (soft tissue), LB Todd Davis (calf), OLB Malik Carney (sick, not COVID-related), WR Tim Patrick (soft tissue), TE Austin Fort (knee) and DL Mike Purcell (calf) all missed the team's light work.
Fangio said the team was being "conservative" with Holder, Bausby, Patrick and Purcell, who were the latest players to be added to the injury report with soft-tissue injuries. Fangio said he did not expect a flurry of soft-tissue injuries during training camp and noted that the Broncos have already suffered more soft-tissue injuries in training camp than they did during the entire 2019 season.
"I was not expecting that," Fangio said. "I think there were some flaws in the way we set up the acclimation period along with other stuff. But it doesn't do anybody any good to whine about it now. We've just got to adjust and improvise and react to it, which we did."
Fangio and the Broncos adapted their schedule and held a practice that was planned for later in the week. The non-padded session was short of two hours and was held at a slower pace.
"We'll see how we came out of that, and what we exactly do tomorrow will be a product of what I think we need to do," Fangio said. "I did know we were going to have to do some adjusting as we go and today was an example of that."
Fangio said managing the practice schedule is "a fine lane that we constantly have to juggle every day." The Broncos are slated to host their Week 1 game three weeks from Monday.
While many players missed practice, running back Melvin Gordon III (ribs) did return for practice and took reps during 11-on-11 action. Von Miller, who returned Sunday from an elbow injury, also participated in team work after only doing individual drills on Sunday.