It has been reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Emmanuel Sanders has torn his achilles during practice today. 9News’ Mike Klis also reported as an eye witness saying that Sanders cut in on a short route and collapsed to the ground immediately. More tests are being down to confirm, but trainers are confident it is an achilles tear. This is very sad to see, since he has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury from 2017 all season. Sanders has been the Broncos best receiver so far with 71 receptions, 868 yards and 4 touchdowns. With Denver still in the playoff hunt, a season-ending injury like this could spell trouble to those post season hopes.
Also losing Demaryius Thomas to a trade with the Texans, the Broncos will have to rely on rookies at receiver. Courtland Sutton has proven that he can be a reliable #1 WR option. That only leaves Tim Patrick, River Cracraft, and Daesean Hamilton.
So what does this mean for Denver? Obviously, they will need a big game from their defense against San Francisco. On offense, Phillip Lindsey will have a heavy workload, but expect contributions from Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker especially in the passing game. This will be Case Keenum’s game to shine. He has been doing great considering that he has lost 3 tight ends and now 2 receivers. Keenum will have to rely mostly rookies to get the job done and I trust that he can do it.
Luckily, the Niners are struggling just as much as the Broncos are when it comes to injury. We all know of the injury to Jimmy G, but they will also be without a crucial part of their offense with the loss of RB Matt Breida.