The status of Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman remains uncertain.
Troy Renek of ABC 7 Denver reports that Heuerman was not at practice on Monday.
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) September 5, 2016
That runs somewhat contrary to what head coach Gary Kubiak told the media on Wednesday.
“Jeff [Heuerman] will be available,” Kubiak said to Broncoswire about Heuerman’s availability for Thursday’s opener against the Carolina Panthers.
Heuerman was drafted in the third round out of Ohio State in 2015. He is considered a modern-day tight end, someone with receiver skills in a linebacker’s body. But he did not participate in training camp or the 2015 regular season after he tore an ACL during last year’s minicamp.
Coming in to this training camp he was expected to be a starter, but Heuerman has dealt with hamstring issues all summer. He only played in two preseason games this year, tallying 1 catch for 6 yards in both.
The Broncos have a strong receiving core, but ned every bit of help because their starting quarterback, Trevor Simiean, has never thrown a pass in a regular season NFL game.
Heuerman is expected to stretch the field in Denver. He averaged 15.2 yards per reception at Ohio State. With him running down the seem and Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on the outside, the Broncos offense should have enough for a legitimate chance of defending their Super Bowl championship.