Denver Broncos defensive tackle John Depp announced Monday he won’t play in the upcoming NFL season because of a shoulder injury.
The decision was made after Depp had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, which was ruled a partial tear.
The Broncos will open training camp on Aug. 28 with a four-game slate, but Depp said Monday that he has no intention of playing again.
The injury has left Denver in need of a player to fill in on the weak side.
That’s where veteran Terrance Knighton is the obvious choice, but the team has been searching for a pass rusher to fill the void.
Depp had four sacks in 16 games last season, but has also been on the receiving end of a high number of hits and roughing the passer penalties.
The 33-year-old also missed a game with a concussion in 2015.
Deckard Robinson, who was named the team’s defensive player of the year, is expected to take over for Knighton.
The Broncos were already searching for someone to step in for Knighten when they cut him in November.
They were also searching for an upgrade at safety when they waived Brian Robison in January.
Robison was a starter in 2016 and started 15 games in his three seasons with the Broncos.
Robinson has started 14 of his 16 career games and had 10 tackles for loss, one sack and four pass breakups.
He also had one fumble recovery.