Head Coach Josh McDaniels announced on Monday that rookie Darcel McBath will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a broken forearm against the Indianapolis Colts.
With McBath headed to IR, McDaniels also announced the team has signed safety Vernon Fox, who spent the 2008 season and 2009 training camp with the Broncos.
McBath was tied for the club lead in special teams tackles entering the Indianapolis game. He snared two interceptions in his rookie campaign.
McDaniels said Fox, who saw time in 10 games for the Broncos last season, will have an opportunity to fill in for McBath “right away” on special teams because of his familiarity with special teams coordinator Mike Priefer’s system during the preseason.
“If Vernon can do that right away, which I have confidence in him – he’s a very bright person and understands that role very well – if he can do that for us, that would help us not have to juggle a bunch of balls in the air and move everybody around to try to get that accommodated,” McDaniels said. “We’ll see how fast we can get that done, but that’s part of Vernon’s versatility that we’ll look forward to.”
Fox, who totaled 20 tackles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown in 2008, said he believes he can contribute to the team down the stretch. Since being waived by the club on Sept. 5, Fox said has been staying in football shape just in case a situation like this one arose.
“Even when leaving here I was hoping that at some point I could have an opportunity to come back here,” Fox said. “It was looking like along the way that I would end up somewhere else, but for one reason or another that didn’t happen and obviously it was meant for me to spend at least the rest of the season here. I look forward to trying to do whatever I can to help the team push forward.”
– Gray Caldwell and Zach Eisendrath, DenverBroncos.com