Shane Ray takes a huge step toward returning to action

Denver Broncos pass rusher Shane Ray was supposed to have a breakout year in 2017. The former first-round pick would finally get to start due to the retirement of DeMarcus Ware.

Instead, he tore a ligament in his left wrist and headed to injured reserve. He had surgery and hoped he could play in 10 games during the season.

On Wednesday, he announced that he had gotten the screws taken out of his wrist.

“Screws out!!!” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m on ya head now.”

“Shane Ray got the pins removed from his wrist,” noted the Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala. “On pace to return for Broncos 10/30 game at his hometown, Kansas City.”

Pass rusher Shaq Barrett has been filling in nicely in Ray’s absence. He has 12 tackles and a sack on the year. The entire defense is playing at an incredibly high level. It’s almost unfair for them to get a projected starter and one of their most talented pass rushers back in the mix.

Ray himself has been incredibly positive the entire time.

“This year, definitely, I felt like was the year I would set myself on the national stage, but I don’t think that’s changed,” Ray proclaimed on The Afternoon Drive with Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro. “Regardless of if I miss six to eight weeks, in my mind, all I need is 10 games. If I got 10 games, I can get 10 sacks. Plus four games in the playoffs, that’s more than enough time to do what I need to do, what I feel like I can do. I’m not worried about the timetable. I’m gonna come back and be the same guy.”

The Chiefs are currently undefeated and leading the AFC West, so it’s the perfect game for his return.

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