ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos large receiver Tim Patrick, who led the workforce in landing catches final season, was carted off the follow subject Tuesday with a proper knee damage workforce officers feared will drive the fifth-year participant to overlook important time.
“Man like Tim … it breaks your coronary heart,” Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett stated. “The worst a part of this recreation is when issues like this occur.”
Patrick caught a go in a workforce drills in entrance of cornerback Essang Bassey and as he turned to run upfield, his leg buckled and Patrick grabbed his knee as he fell to the bottom. A number of teammates, together with large receiver Courtland Sutton and quarterback Russell Wilson, instantly surrounded Patrick as he was examined by the workforce’s trainers.
Patrick, who’s slated to be one of many workforce’s prime three large receivers within the rotation, was then helped on to a cart and brought to the locker room. He was scheduled for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination later Tuesday.
“Tim’s a man that is properly revered throughout this workforce, throughout this league,” Hackett stated. “We’ll hope for the most effective.”
The Broncos stopped follow till Patrick was helped from the sector. Security Kareem Jackson, who’s in his thirteenth NFL, stated it was a testomony to Patrick’s standing amongst his teammates that it was “the longest I’ve seen follow sort of held [up].”
Patrick was third on the workforce in receptions final season with 53 and led the workforce in landing catches with 5. He has risen from being signed off waivers by the Broncos in 2017, having been waived by the Broncos as properly later that yr, to a particular groups stalwart in his early time with the workforce to one in all its key receivers within the offense.
He signed a three-year, $30 million deal final November.
“It hurts,” Sutton stated. “To see a man who works his butt off all offseason, his preparation is second to none … (We’re) praying for the most effective … as we sit and wait.”
If Patrick misses important time will probably be the third consecutive season the Broncos have misplaced one in all their prime receivers to damage. Sutton suffered a torn ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season as KJ Hamler suffered a torn ACL in addition to a hip damage in Week 3 final season.
Rookie Montrell Washington and Kendall Hinton have been amongst those that obtained some further work in Tuesday’s follow after Patrick left the sector.
Operating again Damarea Crockett additionally suffered a knee damage in Tuesday’s follow and he was taken for an MRI examination as properly. Crockett, who performed in 12 video games final season, has been working because the No. 4 again up to now in camp behind Javonte Williams, Melvin Gordon III and Mike Boone.