Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray had a torn ligament in his left wrist that kept him out for the first half of the season. He’s since returned, but it doesn’t look like that’s the end of the road. He’ll need a third surgery, which he’s waiting to do until the end of the season.
“2 wrist surgery’s [sic] in and I’m still out here,” Ray wrote on Twitter. “That’s what I mean no quit. My 3rd is right after the season. For my brothers and team it’s worth it regardless.”
Ray was fired up, perhaps with people pointing out that he’s been rather unproductive in 2017. The Broncos have yet to win with him on the field and the former first-round pick has only one sack on the year. In the loss to the rival Oakland Raiders, he recorded two tackles, but he never sacked quarterback Derek Carr.
“Love hate business,” Ray wrote. “One day you a great player then all the sudden you suck how’s that work. The bad and ugly only makes the good to come so much sweeter.”
A big part of this, of course, is not Ray’s fault. The entire team hasn’t been the same this year. They’ve now lost seven games in a row, a streak not seen in Denver in decades. He may not be changing their fortunes, but he’s also not solely responsible for their faults.
He’s also hurt. He sprained his MCL in the loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, his one game with a sack this year. There was talk before the Raiders game that he wouldn’t be able to play at all. He toughed it out, and that could account for his limited production.