“Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley,” President and CEO Pat Bowlen said. “He was part of the Broncos family and will be greatly missed by our organization. My most heartfelt condolences go out to Kenny’s family and friends.”
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels will have a press conference Tueday 12 MDT.
McKinley, a fifth-round draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, played in eight games with the Broncos as a rookie. He returned seven kickoffs for 158 yards along with three punts for 32 yards. He was the only rookie in the league that season to average at least 22 yards on kickoff returns and 10 yards on punt returns.
He was placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the 2010 season after suffering a knee injury.
“Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room,” McDaniels said. “This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”