WR - IND - IR
Week 14 Outlook
Free agent WR KJ Hamler, who took time away from football to deal with a pericarditis diagnosis, has signed with the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad.
Hamler, who was dealing with a heart issue, was waived by the Denver Broncos with initial reports saying they intended to re-sign him after he was ready to return. Either they had a change of mind, or Hamler did, but now he is in Indy. The Colts could use some more WR depth, and Hamler could be a potential 53-man-roster add later this season.
The Indianapolis Colts hosted KJ Hamler.
Hamler was waived by the Broncos back in July. He could land as a depth wide receiver with the Colts if he signs with them.
The Broncos are planning on waiving WR KJ Hamler with a non-football illness designation. The team is hopeful to bring him back once he is healthy.
Hamler shared on his Instagram that he began having chest pains while working out prior to training camp. Hamler was diagnosed with mild heart irritation, or pericarditis. The team does not believe that his condition is serious and he is expected to only miss a few weeks. With the injury to Tim Patrick in practice Monday, the team needed to free up a roster spot to bring in another healthy wide receiver.
The Broncos placed KJ Hamler on the non-football injury list Sunday.
Hamler suffered a torn pectoral prior to the Broncos’ offseason workouts. After being limited in OTAs and minicamp, he will need some time before he can be cleared to practice in training camp. Hamler was limited to seven games last season, where he totaled 165 receiving yards on seven receptions.
Denver Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler underwent pectoral surgery after suffering an injury while training on his own.
Pelissero notes that his four-to-six-month timeline gives Hamler a chance to be ready by training camp. The wideout has been ravaged by injuries in his brief NFL tenure, suffering a torn ACL in 2021 before being limited to just seven games -- and seven catches -- last season. The 2020 second-round pick will be behind the eight ball again to begin the 2023 season.