Denver Broncos place Billy Winn on IR, sign DL Nelson Adams

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

In a complementary transaction, the team signed defensive lineman Nelson Adams.

Adams, who wasn't selected during the 2017 NFL Draft, is a 6-foot-3, 287-pound run-stopper out of Mississippi State. He was released by the Steelers last week when the team signed cornerback JaCorey Shepherd to bolster its secondary.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity Friday because the team hadn't announced results of Winn's medical tests, said Winn tore ligaments in his right knee, including the anterior cruciate ligament, on Thursday night. Adams recorded 25 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks during his final collegiate season.

Late in the first quarter, Winn was getting knocked off the line of scrimmage on a running play by Bears center Cody Whitehair, although a penalty flag revealed why: Whitehair was flagged for holding.

Over his National Football League career, Winn has bagged 110 tackles, three sacks and a pair of forced fumbles.

Overnight, 9News reported Broncos feared Winn had suffered an ACL injury but needed to wait until he took the MRI this morning to confirm. Others such as Minnesota's Bishop Sankey and Miami's Raekwon McMillan also suffered season-ending knee injuries on Thursday alone.

The regular-season opener will be played at home when the Broncos host the Los Angeles Chargers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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