Denver Broncos left guard Dalton Risner and wide receiver Tim Patrick both suffered sprained ankles in Week 17 against the Las Vegas Raiders. Neither player will need surgery.
“I think I’ll be able to get past it quickly,” Risner said on Jan. 4. “I got a sprained ankle, one of those things that happened at the very end of the second quarter. [I] got rolled up on pretty good — didn’t look too good on the film, but [I’m] feeling pretty good this morning. Obviously, it’ll take a few weeks of rehab, but sprained ankles aren’t anything too serious. So, I should be able to get through that.”
During his end-of-season press conference on Jan. 5, coach Vic Fangio said offensive lineman Austin Schlottmann (shoulder) and cornerback Michael Ojemudia (knee) are expected to undergo surgeries in the offseason.
“[Head athletic trainer] Vince [Garcia] gave the report yesterday and there are a couple guys that have some minor surgeries scheduled,” Fangio said. “You know what the definition of a minor surgery is? It’s a surgery performed on somebody else. It may seem minor, but it won’t be minor to those guys. We think those things will heal in time and be fine.”
Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (knee) and outside linebacker Von Miller (ankle) will also aim to return healthy for the 2021 season.