NFL News: Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman Suffers Torn ACL, Out For 2015 Season

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Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Jeff Heuerman
IN PHOTO: Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) makes a catch jumping jumping over Michigan State Spartans cornerback Trae Waynes (15) and safety Isaiah Lewis (9) during the second quarter of the 2013 Big 10 Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos have announced that rookie tight end Jeffer Heuerman suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will be out for the entire 2015 season because of the injury.

The league’s official website confirmed the injury and his status for the new season on Sunday with head coach Gary Kubiak emphasising that Heuerman will be part of the team’s future.

"I feel terrible for Jeff and this is an unfortunate situation," Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said in the article. "Jeff was going to be a big part of our team this year, and he's still going to be a big part of our team and organization in the future. He'll get well and be with us as part of this team throughout his rehabilitation."

The team’s official Twitter account also announced the injury, which happened the Broncos’ offseason practice.

The 22 year old Heuerman was the third round pick by the Broncos in the 2015 NFL Draft and the 92nd overall selection. He played for Ohio State Buckeyes in college football where he helped the team as the team captain to the national championship in 2015 as well as the Sugar Bowl title. Heuerman also helped his school to the Big Ten conference championship in 2014 and was a member of the All-Big-Ten second team that season.

In his third year with the team, Heuerman led the team in yards per reception at 17.9 per game. He was credited 466 receiving yards on 26 receptions in 2013 and had 207 receiving yards on 17 receptions in 2014. Denver is looking for help on their receiving crop as Julius Thomas left via free agency and was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2015 offseason. The Broncos still have Owen Daniels and Virgil Green as primary options for veteran quarterback Peyton Manning.

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