The Broncos' worst nightmare just became a reality. Denver veteran wide receiver Tim Patrick has suffered a season-ending injury in training camp.
Patrick landed awkwardly and suffered a non-contact injury during practice on Tuesday. He had to be carted off the field. To make matters worse, the entire team huddled around Patrick while he was being tended to.
Unfortunately, the Broncos' worst fear has been confirmed. Patrick has suffered a season-ending torn ACL. He won't play a single snap this year.
"Source: MRI confirmed Broncos standout WR Tim Patrick suffered season-ending ACL injury Tuesday. #9sports," said Mike Klis.
This has unfortunately become a trend for the Broncos. Tim Patrick joins Courtland Sutton and KJ Hamler as Denver wideouts to have suffered a torn ACL in recent years.
"Tests revealed that Broncos’ WR Tim Patrick suffered a torn ACL, as @mikeklis reported. Tim Patrick now becomes the third Broncos’ WR to suffer a torn ACL in recent seasons, joining KJ Hamler and Courtland Sutton," said ESPN's Adam Schefter.
A deflating development for the Broncos, to say the least. Tim Patrick has been excellent for the Denver offense these past couple seasons. Last year, he caught 53 passes for 734 yards and five touchdowns.
The Broncos may now have to look at the free-agent market to add more depth at the wide receiver position. But they're going to have a tough time finding a player of Patrick's caliber.