Denver Broncos wide receiver Carlos Henderson is expected to undergo surgery for a thumb injury, according to Troy Renck of Denver-7 ABC. The injury kept him sidelined during practice on Saturday.
The Broncos selected Henderson in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft this past April out of Louisiana Tech. He is coming off a junior season in which he was named both C-USA Offensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year as a returner. He chose to forgo his senior year of eligibility.
Henderson hauled in 82 receptions for 1,535 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns in 2016 for the Bulldogs. His 19 receiving TD’s tied him for tops in the country alongside Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis, who was taken with the fifth overall pick in the draft by the Tennessee Titans. But Henderson also added two scores on the ground, moving him ahead of Davis in scores from scrimmage.
Coming out of high school, Henderson was a three-star New Orleans recruit that chose to stay local to play his college ball. He finished his career with Louisiana Tech with just under 2,900 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns in three years of action.
Henderson wasn’t the only wideout the Broncos drafted this year to help their quarterback tandem of Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch; the team also selected Isaiah McKenzie out of Georgia in the fifth round.
In the team’s preseason opener against the Chicago Bears, Henderson recorded a lone catch for seven yards and returned three kicks for a combined 47 yards, including a 28-yard return.