Denver Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer and left tackle Russell Okung have passed through the NFL’s concussion protocol and have been cleared for physical activity, according to Mike Klis of 9News.
Okung, a free-agent addition this past offseason, took part in team practice Friday. Okung, along with Latimer, missed practice Thursday with their concussions.
Okung was transported to the hospital after sustaining his head injury but was discharged not long after.
Latimer is an underused weapon for the Broncos, but his absence due to a head injury has been concerning nonetheless. Denver has lost its past two games and has struggled on both sides of the football. Latimer, a slot option who has not caught a pass since Week 3, won’t immediately fix any of those issues.
But he is a young receiver who has made big plays in the past, and having him available can only help.
Latimer, 24, was a second-round pick by the Broncos in 2014. Since then, he hasn’t played nearly as much as the team hoped, but as they search for answers on the offensive side of the ball, his role can grow now that he’s healthy. This could be considered a make-or-break season for the third-year receiver.
The Broncos will face the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football this week. They have lost their past two games and now share the lead in the AFC West with the Oakland Raiders at 4-2.