Shane Ray Reportedly out 3 Months for 4th Surgery on Wrist Injury in Last Year

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2018

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10:  Outside linebacker Shane Ray #56 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a defensive pass broken up at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray reportedly needs another surgery on his troublesome left wrist. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Ray is expected to miss three months once the procedure is complete. 

Ray had three surgeries on the same wrist last season and, as a result, was limited to eight games. The 2015 first-round pick finished his third NFL season with 16 tackles and a single sack while playing 35.8 percent of Denver's total defensive snaps. 

Now he's facing an uncertain future. 

The Broncos declined to pick up Ray's fifth-year option last month, which means he'll be an unrestricted free agent next spring. 

But in order to cash out on the open market, Ray is going to have to prove he's able to stay healthy for a full season and produce a bounce-back season opposite Von Miller. 

In the meantime, first-round pick Bradley Chubb should be thrust into an even bigger role off the edge. 

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