The Denver Broncos received terrible news on the status of one of their budding wide receivers.
KJ Hamler recently sustained a partially-torn pectoral muscle. Hamler, a prospective fourth-year wide receiver out of Penn State, will miss significant time this off-season after he underwent a surgical procedure.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported the news on Thursday morning.
“#Broncos WR KJ Hamler recently underwent surgery after suffering a partially torn pec while training on his own, per sources,” Pelissero tweeted. “The recovery timeline is four to six months, giving Hamler a chance ot be ready right around the start of training camp in late July.”
#Broncos WR KJ Hamler recently underwent surgery after suffering a partially torn pec while training on his own, per sources. The recovery timeline is four to six months, giving Hamler a chance to be ready right around the start of training camp in late July. pic.twitter.com/EFA9hL4Pu6
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 23, 2023
While the prognosis is favorable in Hamler’s corner, there’s obviously nothing fun or positive about tearing a muscle.
For a player like Hamler, who’s only played 23 games in his three seasons in the league, you hope that he’s ready for camp and gets a real shot to break out. Otherwise, he could turn into a what-might-have-been as he’s had terrible luck staying on the field.
Through three years in the NFL, Hamler totaled 620 receiving yards on 42 receptions with three receiving touchdowns. But all three came in 2020 as he hasn’t scored a TD in either of the last two seasons.
The NFL world reacted to the terrible news about the Broncos, KJ Hamler and his status.
This is an unfortunate injury, and he may struggle early in camp with the decreased range of motion secondary to the scar tissue & adhesions from the pec repair.
He will have to work through that in addition to a TON of other things he’s dealt with over https://t.co/MMb2qe8IDB…
— Jesse Morse, MD, MBA (@DrJesseMorse) March 23, 2023
On a positive note, it happening now is better than later. Poor guy just can’t catch a break.
— Marcky Sports (@marcky_sports) March 23, 2023
KJ Hamler has unique speed, but has run bad on injuries:
* Couldn’t run a forty at 2020 Combine (hamstring)
* No Penn State Pro Day (Covid)
* Dealt with hammy issue during rookie year
* Torn ACL three games into Year 2
* Missed 10 games in Year 3
* Now this torn pectoral https://t.co/UbnFnT4IGV
— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) March 23, 2023
Guy can’t catch a break https://t.co/5p5wSndIUp
— Johnny McGonigal (@jmcgonigal9) March 23, 2023
— Lionel Bienvenu (@lionelbienvenu) March 23, 2023
Tough to see KJ sidelined again. https://t.co/ROaB3ayj3P
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) March 23, 2023
— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) March 23, 2023
KJ Hamler and gone through so much – physically and mentally. Hate to see him having to deal with another injury setback. 🙏 https://t.co/qU2bFDiVqB
— Romi Bean (@Romi_Bean) March 23, 2023