Denver Broncos safety Jamal Carter could miss the 2018 season if he has surgery on a torn hamstring suffered in the preseason opener against Minnesota.
Carter suffered the injury while making a tackle for a loss in the second quarter of the 42-28 defeat on Saturday.
The second-year pro out of Miami will seek a second opinion on the injury before proceeding with surgery, according to Mike Klis.
S Jamal Carter will get a second opinion but he has been diagnosed with torn hamstring and season-ending surgery has been recommended. He suffered injury while making terrific tackle for loss in 2nd quarter of preseason game vs. Vikings. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 13, 2018
Carter, also a regular on special teams, was a standout performer in preseason a year ago, doing enough to become the 13th undrafted rookie in 14 years to make the 53-man roster.
He was likely a lock to make the Broncos’ 53-man roster this season as the fifth safety after a superb training camp, but his long-term absence will give Dymonte Thomas a chance to step up to round out a safety room led by Darian Stewart, Justin Simmons, Will Parks and Su’a Cravens.
The Broncos will place Carter on injured reserve and is expected to be out for the 2018 season after tearing the hamstring from the bone.
Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reported that the Broncos signed former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas to take Carter’s place on the 90-man roster.
With Jamal Carter headed to IR, the Broncos will sign veteran S Shamarko Thomas, source confirmed (1st by @AdamSchefter). Thomas was released by the Colts days after being ejected for his helmet-to-helmet hit on David Moore.
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 13, 2018
Thomas, 27, was drafted in the fourth round out of Syracuse by the Steelers in 2013 and spent four seasons in Pittsburgh as a safety and core special teamer.
He made 53 combined tackles in 48 games for the Steelers, and nine in 12 games in Buffalo last season.
Thomas started 2018 with the Indianapolis Colts, but was released on Saturday just days after he was ejected for “a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver David Moore” in a preseason game against Seattle on Thursday.
BSN Denver super sleuth Ryan “Sherlock” Koenigsberg deduced that rookie linebacker Josey Jewell switched jersey from 47 to 59 to open up an eligible number for the Broncos’ new safety,
Considering undrafted rookie Trey Marshall is wearing number 3 in camp, the number switch to accommodate Thomas suggests he has a better chance of making the 53-man roster despite just arriving in Denver.
NFL rules state that safeties can only wear numbers 20-49. Despite going on IR, Carter retains his number, while the Broncos retired 44 to honor legend Floyd Little.
Jewell was able to switch after the Broncos released linebacker Stansley Maponga on Monday.