Deion Sanders’ swagger-fest introduction as the University of Colorado’s new head football coach played out Sunday as the Broncos put together another stagger-fest of an offensive outing in Baltimore.
That didn’t stop first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett from welcoming the NFL Hall of Famer to the state Monday.
“I congratulate him, what a great opportunity,” Hackett said. “What he did at Jackson State was unbelievable and it shows how good of a coach he is. Very excited for him and the state of Colorado to have him here.
“I met him one time as a kid, he probably wouldn’t remember that, but it’s Prime Time. He’s one of the best to ever play this game and it’s great to have him here.”
Sutton update. On the injury front, Hackett said his top wide receiver, Courtland Sutton, is “day to day” with a hamstring injury. Sutton came up grabbing at his hamstring late in the second quarter Sunday in Denver’s 10-9 loss to the Ravens and did not return.
IR returns? The head coach also said Denver is evaluating whether outside linebacker Randy Gregory (knee) or center Lloyd Cushenberry (groin) will be designated to return to practice this week from injured reserve.
“Both those guys we’re going to evaluate,” Hackett said. “We talk about that (Monday and Tuesday) and we’ll meet with the medical team.”
Cushenberry said last week he feels good as he hits the four-week mark. He’s been running hard on the side field in practice.
The Broncos have designated four players to return from injured reserve this season and can designate up to four more before hitting their season limit.
QB Johnson to 49ers. The Broncos lost practice squad quarterback and veteran Josh Johnson when San Francisco moved Sunday night to sign him to its active roster. Johnson had spent the season on Denver’s practice squad after losing the No. 2 quarterback battle to Brett Rypien during the preseason.
“We really like the player, but more important, we really like the guy,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters in California of Johnson. “He’s a natural leader… The skillset, he can give you a chance to win.”
San Francisco lost starter Jimmy Garoppolo to a broken foot Sunday, its second starter to suffer a season-ending injury this year after Trey Lance hurt his knee earlier in the fall.