Gotsis, who had participated fully in all of the team's offseason work, was absent for the last day of the Broncos's on-field practices. The Broncos’ medical staff elected to do the procedure in an effort to locate the source of pain Gotsis had experienced in the knee.
The latest injury is not to the same knee Gotsis injured in his final season at Georgia Tech, when he tore his left ACL.
“It's a small cleanup job," Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. " … It was successful. He'll be back the first week of camp."
Gotsis, a second-round pick in the 2016 draft, had consistently been singled out by Joseph as a player who made the most of offseason workouts. As he recovered from his torn ACL last season, Gotsis struggled at times to stay in the team’s rotation in the defensive front.
But defensive coordinator Joe Woods said earlier this offseason that Gotsis had done so much work in the weight room that he looked "like an action figure." Gotsis practiced both Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and also participated in nightly walk-through practices those two days.
"It was bothering him for about four days,’’ Joseph said. “He kept going on it. It was just soreness. He went to the doc [on Wednesday] and there was a little something floating in there. So we fixed it immediately."
Joseph later said if it was the regular season the cartilage repair would likely keep Gotsis out “a couple of weeks’’ and called it a “minor thing.’’ But with five weeks or so of time until training camp opens in late July, Joseph said he believed Gotsis would be ready to practice when the Broncos open camp.
Gotsis finished his rookie season in 2016 with 14 tackles in limited playing time. By season’s end, he had played 19 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.
Both Joseph and Woods said they expect Gotsis, a native of Australia who the Broncos believe still has plenty of room to develop, to play far more this season.