The Denver Broncos were seriously hit Wednesday by the body of their receivers and their chances of participating in the playoffs, when the recipient of the biggest marches, Emmanuel Sanders, was lost for the season with a torn Achilles tendon .
The Broncos had rebounded after starting 3-6 with three straight wins, including a 13th week win over the Cincinnati Bengals. And with a favorable schedule to close the season, starting with a game against the road against the San Francisco 49ers, a place for the Wild Card AFC seemed within reach.
But this path to the playoffs became a little more rocky on Wednesday, when at first a passenger route in practice, Sanders fell to the ground, by the Denver Post.
The cause was a torn left achilles tendon that will end the ninth year veteran season. The team placed him in the injured reserve, making him the 10th Bronco player to be on this list this season.
31 years old posted a message on social media, expressing the positivity and motivation to return next season.
"If you know me, you know that nothing can hold me back. I've overcame too much in life for that to stop me. I'll be back next year with a bigger token on the shoulder … I promise!
Thank you all for the healing vibrations and the words of encouragement. "
Sanders was in his third 1,100-yard season, having collected 868 yards and four touchdowns at 71 receptions in 12 games this season.
This is the second serious injury suffered by a Broncos starter in four days. Star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. had a broken leg in Sunday's win against the Bengals.
Denver claimed former Bills receiver Andre Holmes waivers to fill Sanders' place in the lineup.
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