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Broncos' Tim Patrick Reportedly Diagnosed with Season-Ending ACL Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 2, 2022

AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick suffered a torn ACL during practice Tuesday, per Mike Klis of 9News.

Patrick was carted off the field after going up for a catch.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Broncos’ WR Tim Patrick is being carted off the field after getting hurt during today’s practice…

Brandon Krisztal @BKDenverSports

after a great grab in a team drill, WR Tim Patrick went down without any contact from the defender.<br>He’s laying on the field with a number of teammates taking a knee around the veteran. updates to follow<a href="https://twitter.com/KOAColorado?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KOAColorado</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BroncosCountry?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BroncosCountry</a>

Ryan O'Halloran @ryanohalloran

Practice has stopped. <br>Patrick on cart to locker room. <br>Right leg. <a href="https://t.co/lrCdu7WwGL">https://t.co/lrCdu7WwGL</a>

Klis added that Patrick didn't put any weight on his right leg as he was helped to the training room.

"It breaks your heart," Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said to reporters, adding that other players would need to step up in his absence.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Brutal day at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Broncos?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Broncos</a> practice: Both standout WR Tim Patrick and RB Damarea Crockett went down with apparent knee injuries and both are having MRIs. There is a fear, sources say, that both are significant.

Patrick, 28, has emerged as an important receiver for the Broncos over the past two seasons. He had a breakout campaign in 2020, catching 51 passes for 742 yards and six touchdowns, and followed that up last year with 53 receptions for 734 yards and five scores.

In November, the Broncos signed him to a three-year extension worth up to $34.5 million.

Patrick was expected to be Russell Wilson's No. 3 option at receiver behind Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton. His loss will be a big one for a Broncos team with playoff aspirations.

"It's tough," safety Kareem Jackson told reporters after practice. "We can't replace a guy like that when stuff like that happens. Obviously, we're not really sure what the magnitude of it is, but hopefully it's not anything serious and that in a couple weeks or some time rehabbing, he'll be back with us this year. But it's definitely tough."

Mike Klis @mikeklis

Kareem Jackson on Tim Patrick injury during practice. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9sports?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9sports</a> <a href="https://t.co/DXGJEIyWCK">pic.twitter.com/DXGJEIyWCK</a>

With Patrick likely out for the season, look for KJ Hamler to take on a bigger role in the passing game.

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