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Broncos Place LB Shane Ray on IR After Third Surgery in Four Months

After undergoing his third wrist surgery in less than four months, Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray was placed on season-ending injured reserve with two games remaining in the Broncos’ season, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.

“Life comes at you sometimes and you have to make the best of things,” Ray tweeted Tuesday. “After my 3rd wrist surgery it’s time that I get healthy so that I can be the best I can be. As always I appreciate the love and support and I’m looking forward to what we will be as a team next season!”

Shaquil Barrett will likely move back into the starting role, where he opened the season opposite Von Miller. To fill Ray’s spot on the active roster, the Broncos promoted practice-squad cornerback Michael Hunter, who signed with the team in late November.

Hunter, an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State, signed with the Giants in 2016 and played six games over a season-and-a-half, totaling four tackles. He was waived in October with an injury designation (hamstring) and bounced on and off the Jets’ practice squad before signing with Denver.

Ray injured his left wrist early in training camp and underwent surgery to repair the ligaments and bones. He was placed on recallable injured reserve and, before returning in Week 8, had surgery to remove the pins in his wrist.

In his eight games, Ray wore a cast that allowed for movement in his fingers but hindered his ability to pass rush, and the pain from the first two surgeries never subsided.

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