Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders out for season after suffering torn Achilles at practice

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 16: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after a 20-19 win over the Oakland Raiders at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on September 16, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders tore his left Achilles at practice on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Following the injury, the team placed Sanders on injured reserve and claimed receiver Andre Holmes off waivers.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Sanders was running routes for the quarterbacks when he went down. Trainers immediately came to check out his left ankle and lower leg and Sanders was visibly upset on the field.

The loss of Sanders is a big blow to the Broncos who have already lost several starters this season and are hoping to make a run for the playoffs.

Since Demaryius Thomas was traded to Houston, Sanders has been the Broncos No. 1 receiver.

As a huge target for quarterback Case Keenum, Sanders is Denver’s leading receiver with 71 catches for 868 yards and 4 touchdowns, which is one of his best statistical years of his career.

He’s also run for a touchdown and thrown for a touchdown, he’s just the fifth wide receiver since the 1970 NFL merger to accomplish that.

Sanders’ season-ending injury comes a few days after star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. went down with a fractured fibula in Sunday’s victory over the Bengals.

Other injuries for the Broncos this season include offensive linemen Matt Paradis, Ronald Leary and Max Garcia and tight ends Jake Butt, Jeff Heuerman and Troy Fumagalli.

Like Sanders, Butt also suffered the injury at practice when he tore the ACL in his left knee in a noncontact drill at practice in September.

The Broncos are 6-6 with three straight wins as they prepare to take on the 2-10 San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

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