Okwuegbunam caught all three of his targets for 77 yards in Sunday's 30-13 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: The tight end did most of his damage on a 64-yard grab in the second quarter that set up a Broncos field goal, but that was enough to allow Okwuegbunam to lead the team in receiving yards while also setting a new career single-game high for the second-year player. With Noah Fant (5-59 on six targets Sunday) atop the depth chart at his position, however, Okwuegbunam's production will likely remain volatile on the other side of Denver's Week 11 bye.
Nov 14, 2021 8:48 PM EST
Okwuegbunam (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Zac Stevens of the TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: The second-year tight end will revert back to No. 2 duties with Noah Fant available after missing Week 9 due to a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list. However, Okwuegbunam should still enjoy a modest role in the passing game and checks in with multiple receptions in each of the last two games, the former contest with Fant available.
Nov 14, 2021 12:11 PM EST
Okwuegbunam (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Okwuegbunam was unable to practice Wednesday but has managed to participate on a limited basis both Thursday and Friday. Denver got Noah Fant back from the reserve/COVID-19 list, so Albert O will work in a complementary role at tight end if he manages to play through the knee injury.
Nov 12, 2021 1:06 PM EST
Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said Okwuegbunam (knee) will be a limited participant in Thursday's practice, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports.
Analysis: Okwuegbunam's upgrade from no activity at Wednesday's practice to a limited showing a day later seemingly suggests that he experienced no setbacks with the lingering knee injury coming out of last week's win over Dallas. Though he looks on track to be ready to play Sunday against the Eagles, Okwuegbunam is expected to see his playing time take a hit with top tight end Noah Fant (illness) having been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after sitting out the Week 9 victory.
Nov 11, 2021 11:15 AM EST
Okwuegbunam (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Okwuegbunam was originally questionable for Week 9 against Dallas but ultimately suited up with Noah Fant (illness) out. Whether he missed practice as a precautionary measure or due to aggravating the injury is not yet known. He'll try to return to the practice field Thursday.
Nov 10, 2021 11:09 AM EST
Okwuegbunam secured four of five targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 30-16 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: Okwuegbunam started in place of Noah Fant (illness), but he was unable to capitalize on his opportunity as the team's No. 1 tight end. The 23-year-old played on 63 of the teams 78 offensive snaps and his five targets were tied with wideout Tim Patrick for the second most among Broncos pass catchers. With Fant likely rejoining the team for Week 10, Okwuegbunam can't be trusted to produce consistently for fantasy as Denver's No. 2 tight end. Nonetheless, the 6-foot-5, 258-pounder gets a matchup against the Eagles in a Week 10 showdown.
Nov 9, 2021 8:03 AM EST
Okwuegbunam (knee) has returned to Sunday's game against the Cowboys, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports.
Analysis: Okwuegbunam aggravated his knee injury and was labeled questionable to return early in the second half, but he'll play through the issue and is back on the field for Denver.
Nov 7, 2021 12:11 PM EST
Okwuegbunam exited Sunday's game against the Cowboys with a knee injury, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Okwuegbunam was questionable for Sunday's contest due to a knee injury, and it appears he aggravated the injury. He started in place of Noah Fant (illness) and caught four of five targets for 25 yards prior to exiting the game.
Nov 7, 2021 12:03 PM EST
Okwuegbunam (knee) is listed as active Sunday at Dallas, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: With Noah Fant out of commission due to a bout with COVID-19, Okwuegbunam will get the start at tight end and likely earn a majority share of snaps afforded Broncos tight ends with just Eric Saubert and Andrew Beck to contend with at the position. Okwuegbunam's practice reps were capped this week due to a knee injury, though, so it's not certain that he'll be the unquestioned No. 1 TE. On the season, he's been on point as a receiver, hauling in 12 of 13 passes for 91 yards and one touchdown.
Nov 7, 2021 8:46 AM EST
Okwuegbunam (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Cowboys, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: Okwuegbunam was limited at practice this week by the knee injury, but he may be able to play Sunday in Dallas. If available, the 23-year-old could have a larger role in Denver's aerial attack with Noah Fant (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Nov 5, 2021 12:46 PM EST
Okwuegbunam (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: We'll track Okwuegbunam's status in the coming days, but if fellow TE Noah Fant isn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Okwuegbunam could be in line for an expanded role in Week 9, provided his knee issue doesn't impact his status.
Nov 3, 2021 4:41 PM EST
Okwuegbunam caught all three of his targets for 34 yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over Washington.
Analysis: Okwuegbunam was activated off injured reserve Saturday ahead of the matchup with Washington, returning from a hamstring injury suffered in Week 5. In his return, the tight end played on 49 percent of the team's offensive snaps. His usage would suggest that the 23-year-old could continue to eat into starter Noah Fant's target share as the year goes on. Nonetheless, Okwuegbunam carries little fantasy value as the No. 2 tight end in Denver outside of an injury to Fant. Okwuegbunam and the Broncos will take on the Cowboys in Week 8.
Nov 2, 2021 11:43 AM EST
Okwuegbunam (hamstring) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: The Broncos activated both Okwuegbunam and Jerry Jeudy (ankle) ahead of Sunday's matchup setting the duo up to make their respective returns. Okwuegbunam will still operate behind Noah Fant as the No. 2 tight end, but the Missouri product seemingly had carved out a bigger role in his second season with the team tallying nine receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown in the four games prior to his injury.
Oct 30, 2021 12:32 PM EST
Okwuegbunam (hamstring) hasn't faced any injury setbacks so far since returning to practice, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Okwuegbunam returned to practice Tuesday but is still on the Broncos' injured reserve. The Broncos are optimistic of their tight end being able to return to action soon as he hasn't suffered any setbacks in practice thus far. Denver has a three-week window to activate their tight end to the active roster or else he'll stay on the team's IR for the remainder of the season. Once activated, the tight end should be in line to see snaps as the Broncos' No. 2 tight end behind Noah Fant.
Oct 27, 2021 5:51 PM EST
Denver designated Okwuegbunam (hamstring) for return from injured reserve Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Okwuegbunam is thus eligible to resume practicing as of Tuesday, but because he's still on IR, the Broncos won't have to disclose the extent of his participation until he officially rejoins the 53-man roster. With that in mind, gauging whether Okwuegbunam is on pace to play Sunday against Washington could be difficult, but whenever he's brought off IR within then next 21 days, he should step back in as the No. 2 tight end behind Noah Fant. Before he was deactivated Oct. 9 due to the hamstring injury, Okwuegbunam recorded nine receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets through Denver's first four games.
Oct 26, 2021 1:49 PM EST
Okwuegbunam (hamstring) is expected to return to practice following the Broncos' Week 7 matchup with Washington, Ben Swanson of the team's official website reports.
Analysis: Okwuegbunam has been on the IR since Oct. 9. While he is expected to return to practice in the upcoming week, head coach Vic Fangio is uncertain whether he will be able to return in Week 9. He projects primarily as a special teams contributor when healthy.
Oct 22, 2021 8:41 PM EST
Okwuegbunam (hamstring) has been placed on IR by the Broncos.
Analysis: With Okwuegbunam slated to miss as least three games, Eric Saubert and Andrew Beck are candidates in the meantime to see increased roles behind Denver's top tight end Noah Fant.
Oct 9, 2021 1:36 PM EST
Okwuegbunam (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup with the Steelers, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports that the Broncos have yet to make a decision on whether or not to place Okwuegbunam on injured reserve. Expect Eric Saubert and Andrew Beck to see increased roles behind Noah Fant in Week 5.
Oct 8, 2021 12:53 PM EST
Okwuegbunam (hamstring) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Okuwegbunam suffered his hamstring injury during Wednesday's practice and was unable to take the field Thursday. His status for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh is in question, while Eric Saubert and Andrew Beck will likely see increased roles if the 23-year-old is ruled out.
Oct 7, 2021 11:02 AM EST
Okwuegbunam was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to a hamstring injury, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Okwuegbunam apparently picked up the injury during Sunday's loss to the Ravens, when he caught one of two targets for 11 yards on 15 offensive snaps. The 2020 fourth-round pick should be able to avoid an injury designation for Week 5 if he can progress to full practice participation within the next couple days.
Oct 6, 2021 10:32 PM EST
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