Joel Dreessen has enjoyed too good an NFL career to have it end from the sidelines.

One of only 12 players to start a football game at the high school (Fort Morgan), college (Colorado State) and NFL (Broncos) level in the state of Colorado, Dreessen will have surgery on his troublesome left knee next week in hopes he can play out the final year of his contract with the Broncos.

The extent of the surgery will likely be determined as the Broncos' medical staff gathers at the NFL scouting combine this week in Indianapolis.

"We're going through the stages of getting various opinions on what the best course of action is for me to contribute in 2014," Dreessen said.

After catching a career-high six touchdowns with the Houston Texans in 2011, Dreessen became a free agent and signed a three-year, $8.5 million deal with the team he grew up rooting for in Fort Morgan.