(Reuters) – Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb will have arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Wednesday to remove a bone spur he has been managing for the past three weeks, the National Football League (NFL) team said.
Chubb, who missed his team’s Week 1 clash with New York Giants, left their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday late in the second quarter.
“I did everything I could to manage it and to try to come back and play,” Chubb said on the team’s website. “I took the New York week … trying to calm it down just a little bit.
“And then this Jacksonville week I tried to do everything to get back on the field and unfortunately all those things weren’t working in my favour. The thing to do is now just to go in, clean it up and be right back.”
The 25-year-old, who missed 12 matches in 2019 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, and two games last year with a right ankle injury that required surgery, said he hoped to come back stronger from his latest setback.
“When this thing’s healed up, I expect to see a whole new Bradley Chubb, a whole new animal, a whole new dog,” he said.
The Broncos did not provide a timeline for his return.
Meanwhile, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry was placed on injured reserve and will miss a minimum of three games after suffering a knee problem in an injury-riddled afternoon across the Week 2 schedule.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Tom Hogue)