Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Emmanuel Sanders Out For Season With Torn Achilles Tendon

Emmanuel Sanders Out For Season With Torn Achilles Tendon

The Denver Broncos believe that wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders tore his Achilles during practice on Wednesday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Sanders was helped off the field and did not put any weight on his left leg as he was taken into the locker room for further evaluation, according to reports.

To fill the void, rookie receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton will now be slotted as the primary catchers.

Sanders, who became the Broncos' No. 1 receiver with the trade of Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans last month, missed four games last season with a right ankle injury.

"It didn't look good, " Vance Joseph said before the Broncos officially placed Sanders on injured reserve.

Sanders' injury was the latest blow to a team that's lost seven starters from its opening-day lineup, including six on offense.

Combined, those young receivers have 692 yards.

Holmes (6-4, 210 pounds) is an eighth-year player who has appeared in 91 career-regular-season games (25 starts) with Buffalo (2017-18), Oakland (2013-16) and Dallas (2012).

The Broncos quickly claimed wide receiver Andre Holmes off waivers from Buffalo, giving them a seventh-year veteran to go with their four remaining receivers, all of whom made their National Football League debuts this season. He has 127 catches for 1,739 yards and 15 touchdowns.

He arrived in Denver as a free agent signing prior to the 2014 season.

Replacing Sanders - who has 71 receptions for 868 yards and four touchdowns, along with a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown this season - is not possible.

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