Courtland Sutton

Denver Broncos
Wide Receiver #14
Denver Broncos
Wide Receiver #14
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Courtland Sutton News

Could be eased into camp

Sutton (knee) was limited to individual drills in spring practices and may have his workload managed at the start of training camp, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Sutton said in May that he was on track for training camp, and Broncos coach Vic Fangio backed that up in mid-June when he said the wideout wasn't likely to be placed on the PUP list. Coming back from ACL and MCL tears suffered in Week 2 last year, Sutton will be about 11 months removed from surgery when the Broncos kick-off their season Sept. 12 at the Giants. The 25-year-old is in the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, playing in a Denver offense that looks solid at every position besides quarterback. Barring a late trade acquisition, the Broncos will have Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater competing for the starting QB job this August.

Jul 21, 2021 6:27 AM EST

Should avoid preseason PUP list

Coach Vic Fango indicated Tuesday that he doesn't anticipate Sutton beginning training camp on the PUP list, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Sutton sustained ACL and MCL tears last September but was already running routes in early March and stated in mid-May that he was hoping to be ready for training camp. It certainly sounds like he's on a path to make that a reality, though it will still be worth monitoring his status when training camp fires up next month. He and Jerry Jeudy figure to give the Broncos a dangerous 1-2 punch at wide receiver as Sutton looks to return to his 2019 level of production, when he posted 72 catches for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns on 125 targets.

Jun 15, 2021 12:06 PM EST

Expects to be ready for camp

Sutton (knee) said Monday that "the game plan" is to be ready for training camp, Zac Stevens of reports.

Analysis: Sutton, who missed all but one contest last season after tearing his left ACL and MCL, said he feels "really good" at this stage of his recovery, per Stevens. Entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, Sutton appears set to serve as one of Denver's clear top targets alongside 2020 first-round pick Jerry Jeudy. The likes of Noah Fant, KJ Hamler, Tim Patrick and Albert Okwuegbunam (knee) will also all demand targets, as will tailbacks Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams, but Sutton is talented enough that his position atop the pecking order won't be challenged, as long as he's healthy. It may be fair to question whether Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater are capable of providing enough volume to feed such a crowded receiving corps, however.

May 17, 2021 5:22 PM EST

Already running routes

Sutton (knee) has already resumed running routes while rehabbing from a torn ACL, Zac Stevens of reports.

Analysis: Sutton continues to inspire confidence in his recovery process. He initially suffered ACL and MCL tears in his left knee Sept. 20 before undergoing surgery in October. As long as the 25-year-old is able to continue avoiding any setbacks he should be cleared for practice by the time training camp rolls around, and it's possible that he could get limited work in during the offseason program. Sutton will join the most crowded receiving corps of his career as he enters the fourth and final season of his rookie deal, with Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant, Tim Patrick (ankle) and KJ Hamler (concussion) all vying for targets. If the Broncos end up upgrading from Drew Lock, as it's been rumored the team wishes to do, Sutton could also have to adjust to a new situation under center.

Mar 5, 2021 9:00 AM EST

On track in rehab process

Sutton's rehab from ACL surgery is on track, with the wideout hoping to be ready for the beginning of next season, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Sutton injured his knee Sept. 20, had surgery about a month later, and has been been jogging as part of his rehab routine since Jan. 14. He mentioned the possibility of some limited participation in the offseason program, though he may not be cleared to practice until training camp. Entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, Sutton may need to adjust to a new quarterback, as the Broncos are rumored to be seeking an upgrade on Drew Lock.

Feb 1, 2021 7:11 AM EST

Showing progress

Sutton (knee) showed himself jogging via his official Twitter account.

Analysis: There was a ton of hope that Sutton could push himself into a borderline top ten receiver in the league for his junior season. It didn't work out that way as he missed the opener against Tennessee with a shoulder injury and went down with an ACL tear in Week 2, just three catches in to the season. 2021 will be enormous for Sutton. Not only will it be a contract year for the SMU product, but how he helps lead a very young offense could determine the path of the franchise and which players (and coaches) will be around in 2022. Showing signs of recovery just four months after going down in Pittsburg is a step in the right direction.

Jan 14, 2021 4:25 PM EST

Going on injured reserve

The Broncos placed Sutton (knee) on injured reserve Monday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Such a move was expected after Sutton sustained ACL and MCL tears in his left knee during Sunday's loss to the Steelers. The loss was a double whammy to the Broncos offense after Drew Lock picked up a rotator/labral issue in his right shoulder in the same game. With the QB out for at least the next two games, Denver will turn to Jeff Driskel under center, and all of Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, KJ Hamler, DaeSean Hamilton, Diontae Spencer and Tyrie Cleveland (hip) to cover for Sutton. After entering the campaign with so much promise, Sutton concludes his third year as a pro with just one appearance, three catches and 66 yards on his ledger.

Sep 21, 2020 4:53 PM EST

Done for the year with ACL tear

Sutton suffered a torn ACL and MCL during Sunday's loss to the Steelers and will miss the rest of the 2020 season, Brandon Krisztal KOA NewsRadio 850 AM & 94.1 FM reports.

Analysis: Sutton's season-end injury is devastating news for Denver's offense, and the development is further exacerbated by the expectation that Drew Lock (shoulder) will miss two to six weeks, per Mike Klis of 9News Denver. The third-year wideout missed Week 1 due to a shoulder injury, so his 2020 campaign will come to a premature end after just three catches for 66 yards in a single game. Sutton was hugely impressive in 2019 and will no doubt remain an integral part of the Broncos' offensive plans for the future, but for the rest of the season rookie Jerry Jeudy will get a chance to show what he can do as the team's No. 1 wideout. KJ Hamler, Tim Patrick and DaeSean Hamilton are candidates to handle starting roles in three-receiver sets.

Sep 21, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Serious injury feared

The Broncos fear that Sutton suffered a significant knee injury during Sunday's loss to the Steelers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Sutton will undergo an MRI to confirm the severity of his injury Monday, though Rapoport notes that the possibility of missing the entire season is currently in play. The third-year pro had also been dealing with a shoulder issue prior to injuring his knee Sunday. With Drew Lock (shoulder) also set for an MRI on his sprained AC joint, the Broncos could be forced to proceed with a deeply depleted aerial attack against the Buccaneers in Week 3.

Sep 21, 2020 8:32 AM EST

Going for MRI on Monday

Sutton (knee) is scheduled to go for an MRI on Monday and there is concern that his injury could be significant, Mike Klis of 9News reports.

Analysis: Sutton exited Sunday's game against the Steelers after hurting his knee, and the results of Monday's MRI should shed light on a possible timetable for the return of Denver's No. 1 wide receiver. Quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) will also be going in for an MRI on his sprained AC joint, though there's already a preliminary timeline of 2-6 weeks for the latter's absence.

Sep 20, 2020 8:33 PM EST

Won't return to Sunday's contest

Sutton (knee/leg cramping) won't return to Sunday's game against the Steelers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from Sunday's game, Sutton -- who had been dealing with a shoulder issue -- caught three of his six targets for 66 yards. The Broncos will finish the day with a wideout corps comprised of Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, Tim Patrick and DaeSean Hamilton.

Sep 20, 2020 12:27 PM EST

Listed as active Sunday

Sutton (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: A sprained AC joint in his shoulder kept Sutton on the sideline in Week 1 against the Titans, but he's progressed to the point that he'll give it a go Sunday. It remains to be seen if the Broncos intend to hand their top wideout his normal allotment of snaps in his 2020 season debut, but assuming no in-game setbacks, Sutton - who logged a 72/1,112/6 stat line last year - will look to continue to build his on-field chemistry with second-year QB Drew Lock, while maintaining his status as a frequently-targeted option in Denver's passing game.

Sep 20, 2020 8:35 AM EST

In line to suit up

Sutton (shoulder) is slated to suit up Sunday against the Steelers, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Sutton's Week 2 status will be officially confirmed upon the release of the team's inactives in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, but Denver's top wideout is now poised to make his 2020 season debut.

Sep 20, 2020 8:20 AM EST

Good chance to play in Week 2

Sutton (shoulder) has "a good chance to play" Sunday against the Steelers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, but the Broncos still plan to evaluate the wideout before the contest to make sure his AC joint has healed enough to do so.

Analysis: Fortunately for those considering Sutton in Week 2 lineups, the Broncos kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday. Denver's top wideout sat out this past Monday's game against the Titans, leaving Jerry Jeudy (eight targets), Tim Patrick (five targets) and DaeSean Hamilton (three targets) to head the team's wide receiver corps in Week 1.

Sep 20, 2020 3:59 AM EST

Set to be game-time call

Sutton (shoulder) is expected to be a game-time decision Sunday against the Steelers, coach Vic Fangio said Friday on KOA NewsRadio.

Analysis: The wideout was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday, and it appears he'll finish the week working in the same capacity. Sutton sat out the season opener after suffering an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder last week, but he may be able to return for Week 2. The 24-year-old is likely to be considered questionable when Friday's official injury report is posted later in the day.

Sep 18, 2020 7:08 AM EST

Another limited practice

Sutton (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Sutton's reps were also capped Wednesday, as the wideout continues to work back from the sprained right shoulder that sidelined him for the Broncos' season-opening loss to the Titans. Prior to Thursday's session, coach Vic Fangio said that Sutton checked out fine in Wednesday's practice, but the wideout is still being viewed as questionable for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, according to Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site. Sutton will likely carry an injury designation into the weekend.

Sep 17, 2020 2:52 PM EST

Set for limited practice

Coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that Sutton (shoulder) will be a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Sutton's limited Wednesday session marks his first return to the practice field since suffering a sprained AC joint in his shoulder last Thursday. The start wideout wasn't able to suit up Week 1, but the fact that his status came down to a game-time decision bodes well for his chances of returning against Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Sep 16, 2020 11:18 AM EST

May not practice Wednesday

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said Tuesday that he hopes Sutton (shoulder) can do more work in practice by the end of the week, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: While Fangio didn't specify what exactly Sutton's practice activity will look like while he tends to an AC joint sprain his right shoulder, the coach's comments suggest the receiver likely won't be in line for anything more than limited participation in the team's first session of the week Wednesday. Sanders sat out the Broncos' 16-14 loss to the Titans on Monday, which left Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and DaeSean Hamilton as the team's starting receivers. Jeudy emerged as quarterback Drew Lock's top target while Sanders was inactive, posting four receptions for 56 yards on eight looks.

Sep 15, 2020 6:18 PM EST

Taking seat Monday

Sutton (shoulder) is listed as inactive Monday against the Titans, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: After making a catch at Thursday's practice, Sutton stayed on the ground for a bit and went to the locker room shortly thereafter. An MRI revealed an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder, which didn't allow him to practice Friday or Saturday and left Sutton a game-time decision for Week 1. Earlier Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Sutton wasn't expected to play, but Adam Schefter of ESPN later noted he made attempts to suit up and is "really close." Alas, Sutton and KJ Hamler (hamstring) won't be out there for the Broncos' opener, meaning Drew Lock's options at wide receiver will be rookie first-rounder Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, DaeSean Hamilton and Diontae Spencer and Tyrie Cleveland.

Sep 14, 2020 5:53 PM EST

Unlikely to face Titans

Sutton (shoulder) is not expected to suit up for Monday's game against Tennessee, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Sutton is nursing a sprained AC joint in his shoulder sustained during practice last week, and it looks as though he'll need more time to recover before retaking the field. Rapoport notes that Sutton would suit up Monday were the Broncos in a must-win scenario, a hint that he shouldn't remain sidelined for too long. If the Broncos' top wideout is indeed forced to sit out versus Tennessee, expanded targets will be made available for rookie first-round pick Jerry Jeudy, in addition to Tim Patrick and DaeSean Hamilton. The official word on Sutton's availability will likely come down to a game-time decision.

Sep 14, 2020 12:56 PM EST

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