After losing outside linebacker Shane Ray to a wrist injury for the rest of training camp at likely the first two weeks of the regular season, the Broncos brought back Danny Mason on a one-year deal for depth and competition, according to multiple sources. To clear a roster spot for Mason, the team waived tight end Henry Krieger-Coble.
Mason, 26, was signed to a futures contract with the Broncos in January 2015 He was released in early September but was resigned to the practice squad less than a week later. On Sept. 29, the team released him and Mason was added to the Bears’ practice squad. He has not played in a regular-season game.
The 6-foot-3, 235 linebacker will essentially be a stopgap in the wake of multiple injuries to the Broncos’ edge rushers. Ray’s wrist injury, which is expected to be surgically repaired Saturday morning, followed a hip injury to Shaquil Barrett.
“Although this injury is unfortunate it hasn’t broken my will to be great,” Ray tweeted Saturday. “I’ll just have to figure out how to win with one arm.”
Head coach Vance Joseph said Ray is expected to miss 6-8 weeks to recover with a projected return around the time of Broncos’ Week 3 game at Buffalo on Sept. 24. That is also when Barrett, who was placed on the non-football injury list, is expected to be back.
“We should get a nice Christmas bonus in the first two weeks of the season, a nice boost,” Joseph said Friday. “Injuries happen, and in my opinion, when they happen, that’s what’s important.”