Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders calls Achilles tear ‘a minor setback’
Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is staying positive after suffering a torn Achilles, which will keep him out of action for the rest of the 2018 season.
Sanders was injured in practice on Wednesday, and it dealt a tough blow to a Denver team that has won three straight since starting the season 3-6 overall.
But the two-time Pro-Bowl selection and Super Bowl 50 champion isn’t letting the injury get him down, calling it ‘a minor setback,’ according to Denver7 sportscaster Troy Renck.
Texted #Broncos @ESanders_10, wishing him speedy recovery. He texted back "just a minor setback". He has spent entire career proving people wrong. I don't doubt him. Hits he has survived in his career define his toughness. But he'll be missed. Was having terrific year. #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/h9k5BqBCyq
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) December 6, 2018
Sanders was having an impact season once again in posting 71 receptions for 868 yards and four touchdowns. He had at least six targets in the past four games, and he’s posting four or more receptions in every game this season.
Now the Broncos must move forward with a different gameplan on offense, especially with tight end Jeff Heuerman also recently suffering a season-ending injury.
Heuerman had 31 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns this year while seemingly becoming a bigger part of the offense as the season progressed.
Sanders’ absence will likely open up even more opportunities for Courtland Sutton, who had four receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Week 13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Denver will try to keep its playoff hopes alive when it heads to San Francisco on Sunday for a showdown with the 49ers.