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Shane Ray provides update on wrist injury

02 October 2016: Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray (56) in action during pregame of the NFL regular season game between the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

Not only did Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray do a good deed when he brought children at the Denver Rescue Mission book bags filled with school supplies, he managed to find time to discuss the torn ligament in his wrist that he suffered a few days into training.

The plan is for the third-year pro to return by Week 3.

“I think so. Everything is healing fine,” he said, per The Denver Post. “The doctor says my hand is healing well. My stitches, when they came out the scars looked good, so I’m just excited. I look at it as they gave me four extra weeks to train.”

Denver is currently ailing with a number of injuries on defense: Ray’s backup, Shaq Barrett, is out for a while as he nurses a hip injury, nose tackle Kyle Peko suffered a broken foot and defensive end Derek Wolfe went down with an ankle injury on Saturday morning.

Additionally, the Broncos lost defensive lineman Billy Winn for the season after he tore his ACL during Thursday’s preseason opener against the Chicago Bears.

Ray, who has 68 tackles and 12.0 sacks over his first two seasons, recently had his stitches removed.

“That’s the first step for me to be able to actually work out and sweat and do something else like getting my cardio,” he said. “I’m trying to find ways to get in the weight room so I can lift. It’s all coming together. It’s unfortunate, but when I do come back, I’ll be more than prepared.”

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