The Denver Broncos may have lost a very important player on their offense to a serious injury in Week 1 against the New York Giants.

Second-year wide receiver Jerry Jeudy suffered an ankle injury after being tackled by Giants defensive back James Bradberry in the third quarter, and the injury did not look good. Jeudy was carted off the field and ruled out for the rest of the game.

Jeudy, 22, was Denver’s first-round pick with the 15th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Alabama product impressed in his rookie season, catching 52 passes for 856 yards (16.5 AVG) and three touchdowns (and while not having quality quarterback play). He was poised to put together a huge 2021 season, and was the leading receiver — at least at the time of the injury — for Denver in this game, with six receptions for 72 yards.

So, if this is a serious injury (and even if it’s only a few weeks), it’s a huge loss for a Broncos offense that depends on weapons to make the most out of Teddy Bridgewater’s limited abilities. If Jeudy is out, that will likely mean more targets for wide receivers Courtland Sutton (especially), Tim Patrick, and KJ Hamler, as well as tight end Noah Fant.

UPDATE: NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that Jeudy has a high ankle sprain and x-rays were negative.

UPDATE II: The high ankle sprain is expected to keep Jeudy out 6-8 weeks “minimum,” according to Benjamin Allbright of KOA Radio (Denver).

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