Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Broncos lose fast receiver KJ Hamler to tear left ACL

England, Colo. (WNN) — Broncos second-year fast receiver KJ Hamler will miss the rest of the season with a torn left ACL.

Coach Vic Fangio said Monday that the Broncos’ second-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft tore his ACL and “some other stuff” in the first half of the Broncos’ 26-0 win over the New York Jets. on Sunday.

Heimler extended his left knee as he landed after attempting to catch a long pass from Teddy Bridgewater under the edge of the Broncos. He lay down for several minutes while teammates knelt next to him before helping him off the field.

Hammler finished the session with five catches for 74 yards. He tied for the league’s longest catch in the preseason, an 80-yard touchdown grab on a pass from Drew Lock.

“We will miss” his downfield ability, Fangio said. “KJ is a tough guy to cover. You saw the third key is down the one we did the conversion on, they were in man coverage and he was nowhere near that. We’re going to miss her.”

The Broncos were already without their top receiver, Jerry Judy., was his first-rounder last year, sustaining a high right ankle sprain in the opener and was out until November.

The Broncos’ top three receivers are now Cortland Sutton, Tim Patrick and Dionte Spencer, with their return specialists.

Fangio said that Spencer “is someone who is going to play a big role. This is a big opportunity for him.”

Spencer has had 10 career catches since joining the Broncos in 2019 after a four-year stint in the Canadian Football League.

Fangio said the Broncos would consider practice squad receivers D’Morne Pearson-El, Tyree Cleveland, Seth Williams and Rico Gafford for a promotion, but the team would also consider “what may be available” elsewhere.

Fangio had no updates on guard Graham Glasgow (left knee) or Dalton Risner (leg). But he said his injuries did not appear to be the end of the season.

Neten Muti switched Glasgow to right guard and rookie Quinn Meinerz converted Risner to left guard.


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