Jordan Norwood was undrafted out of Penn State in 2009, and has had NFL stints with several teams before deciding to take the past season off. The Broncos were looking to have Norwood as their primary punt returner this season prior to the injury.
The Denver Broncos are holding joint practices with the Houston Texans this week prior to their preseason match up this Saturday. Norwood was attempting to catch a Peyton Manning pass during 11 on 11 drills, when Texans corner back Brandon Harris broke up the play and Norwood landed awkwardly on his left leg. He was carted off the field and sent for an MRI which confirmed that he did indeed tear his ACL.
A torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament is a huge blow for Norwood, it will require season ending surgery to reconstruct the ligament. The rehabilitation period will put Norwood out for six - eight months. It looks like the Broncos will now move Wes Welker into the main punt returner role and have undrafted rookie Isaiah Burse as a second option.
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