(Colo.)-AP Source: Broncos’ Billy Winn Out For 2017 With Knee Injury

Broncos defensive end Billy Winn is out for the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and suffering damage to other ligaments in his right knee during Thursday’s preseason opener at Chicago, an National Football League source confirmed.

Less than 24 hours after learning that defensive end Billy Winn would miss the season with a torn ACL, the Denver Broncos on Saturday morning signed defensive tackle Nelson Adams, the team announced.

Adams is 6-foot-3, 287 pounds, and had 80 tackles in his career at Mississippi State, which included 16 starts.

Broncos defensive end Billy Winn is out for the season. The Mississippi State product was released by the team on August 5 in favor of defensive back JaCorey Sheperd. They signed defensive tackles Domata Peko and Zach Kerr to help beef up the defensive interior after the Broncos finished No. 28 against the run last season.

His performance was admirable a year ago with the Broncos, and he was penciled in as the no. 2 nose tackle on their official depth chart.

Late in the first quarter, Winn was getting knocked off the line of scrimmage on a running play by Bears center Cody Whitehair, although a penalty flag revealed why: Whitehair was flagged for holding.

Once the younger Peko becomes healthy, Adams will likely become the team’s fourth-string nose tackle.