ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Tight end Jake Butt suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Thursday's practice and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2018 season, the team announced.
The Broncos are expected to place Butt on injured reserve in the coming days and will be able to add a player to their 53-man roster.
"Jake has worked his tail off to recover from his previous injuries, and we feel terrible for him," Head Coach Vance Joseph said in a statement. "He's a great kid who's developed into a very good football player. We have no doubt Jake will come back stronger than ever."
Through three games, Butt totaled eight receptions for 85 yards. He averaged 10.8 yards per reception.
Butt missed the entire 2017 season as he recovered from an ACL tear in his right knee. He suffered that injury in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 2017, a few months before he was drafted by the Broncos in the fifth round.
The Broncos now have two healthy tight ends on the active roster: starter Jeff Heuerman and fourth-year tight end Matt LaCosse. Denver also has Brian Parker on its practice squad.