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Broncos LB Drew Sanders has torn Achilles

Mon May 20 11:51pm ET
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The Denver Broncos won't have second-year linebacker Drew Sanders until late in the 2024 season, if then, due to a torn Achilles that he sustained last month, ESPN reported Monday.

News of the injury was first reported by 9News in Denver. Sanders' recovery time is expected to be six to nine months, and the injury occurred in mid-April. Sanders has since undergone surgery.

The third-round pick in the 2023 draft played in all 17 games last season, with four starts.

The team had not acknowledged the injury, and last month, Broncos general manager George Paton mentioned Sanders among the players under consideration for playing time at outside linebacker.

In this year's draft, however, Denver took Utah outside linebacker Jonah Elliss in the third round.

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Lucas Havrisik May 20 10:10pm ET
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Eddy Pineiro May 20 10:00pm ET
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Deuce Vaughn May 20 9:40pm ET
Deuce Vaughn

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