Austin Fort is dealing with another knee injury. Only this one is severe enough that it will cost the former Wyoming tight end his rookie season in the NFL.
Fort tore his ACL in the Denver Broncos’ 22-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday in their preseason opener, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Fort’s left knee buckled as he immediately fell to the CenturyLink Field turf after hauling in a 29-yard pass from fellow rookie Drew Lock in the fourth quarter. He was eventually carted off the field.
Fort, who signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in April, had been a pleasant surprise for the team during training camp and was emerging as a serious contender for the Broncos’ 53-man roster. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder had been getting significant reps with a flurry of injuries hitting the Broncos at the position.
“I’m going in there ready to compete for a spot on the team,” Fort said after initially signing with the Broncos. “My mentality is the organization, it’s the best decision they ever made taking me. I’m walking in there confident and just ready to work.”
Now Fort has been added to the injury list.
Fort, a Gillette native, dealt with a sprained knee during his senior season at Wyoming that sidelined him for three games. He had seven catches for 102 yards and one touchdown in his final season and finished with 17 catches for 221 yards and four scores for his career.