Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler is set to miss an undetermined amount of time after suffering a setback from a hamstring injury Wednesday, head coach Nathaniel Hackett confirmed.
Asked if the injury could threaten the rest of Hamler’s season, Hackett said, “We’re still evaluating everything right now. Obviously his care is our No. 1 priority, so we want to be sure we’re doing everything to help him get back.”
Hamler spent late last week doing conditioning work on a side field as he tried to recover from a hamstring injury that kept him out the past three weeks.
Hamler, the third-year wide receiver, has struggled to consistently stay on the field the past two seasons.
He suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3 of 2021 that necessitated knee and hip surgeries. The rehabilitation schedule kept Hamler limited through Denver’s offseason training program before he played 40 snaps in Week 1 against Seattle. After that, however, he didn’t play in Week 2 and saw just 23 snaps total the following two games as he tried to get back to full speed.
Hamler was finally starting to find his stride, playing 53% or more of Denver’s offensive snaps in four straight games, when he suffered a hamstring injury in practice as the Broncos came out of their bye week and began preparing for Tennessee. He has been inactive in each of the three games since that injury.
Hamler has just seven catches on the season, but has made a handful of big plays, including a 46-yard reception up the right sideline in London that sparked Denver’s game-winning touchdown drive.