The Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick has suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, thereby ruling him out of action for the season. The injury occurred during a training drill on Tuesday.
After catching a pass, Patrick turned to run up field, at which point his leg buckled and he collapsed to the ground, clutching at his knee. Several concerned teammates approached Patrick and surrounded him, immediately aware of the issue that befell their teammate as the team’s trainers arrived on the scene to treat him.
Team training was halted in its entirety at the time of Patrick’s fall, only to be resumed once the wide receiver was escorted off the field and provided medical treatment. According to veteran safety Kareem Jackson, this is a testament to Patrick’s standing with the team. Jackson referred to this incident as “the longest I’ve seen practice kind of held [up].”
“Guy like Tim … it breaks your heart,” coach Nathaniel Hackett remarked as the Broncos medical team awaited Patrick’s medical test results. “The worst part of this game is when things like this happen.”
Considering that Patrick racked up the third most receptions for the Broncos last season with 53 and led the team with five touchdown catches, the wide receiver’s injury has caused much anxiety for his team. Now, the Broncos will have to adapt to life without Patrick leading up to the new season.