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Damarea Crockett expected to miss 2022 season with knee injury

Jon Heath
Broncos Wire

Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick wasn’t the only player who suffered a season-ending injury at Tuesday’s practice.

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Just like Patrick, running back Damarea Crockett suffered a non-contract knee injury on Tuesday. Crockett is also expected to miss the entire 2022 season, the team announced Tuesday evening.

Sep 26, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Damarea Crockett (28) is tackled by New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) as cornerback Brandin Echols (26) defends in the fourth quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Crockett went into training camp as the team’s fourth-string running back behind Mevin Gordon, Javonte Williams and Mike Boone. Crockett was a key special teams player for the Broncos in 2021.

On Twitter, Crockett confirmed the injury diagnosis. He wrote a heartfelt message as he begins his recovery from the injury. 

With Crockett now sidelined, Tyreik McAllister will be promoted to RB4 duties, at least for the moment.

One free agent running back who might be a candidate to replace Crockett is Max Borghi, who tried out for the Broncos in June.

"I thought he did some really nice things," offensive coordinator Justin Outten said of Borghi on June 14. "He’s got good twitch, he’s patient, he waits for that lane to open and then he pops it. He did a couple of good things in protection as well."

Borghi joined the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State in April, but he was waived in May and he’s remained a free agent.