The Broncos have placed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on the injured reserve after he suffered a torn Achilles in his left leg in practice Wednesday, the Broncos confirmed on Wednesday.
Last season, Sanders missed four games due to a right ankle injury. This season, he's been Denver's top pass catcher with 71 receptions, 868 yards and four receiving touchdowns—all of which are team highs.
The Broncos will need Courtland Sutton (28 catches, 558 yards and three scores) to step up on the outside while Jeff Heuerman (32 grabs, 281 yards, two touchdowns) holds down the fort at tight end. Expect to see quarterback Case Keenum get running backs Devontae Booker and Phillip Lindsay involved in the passing game as well.
Denver is 6-6 on the season and four games behind the Chiefs for first in the AFC West and one game back of the Ravens for the second wild card spot. The Broncos are on the road against the 49ers this upcoming Sunday, and then face the Browns, the Raiders on the road and host the Chargers to close out the season.