Broncos WR Tim Patrick Tears ACL in Practice, Out for the Season

Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick in 2021
Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick in 2021. Photo by Derek Regensburger/CSM/Shutterstock (12622232al)

The 2022 NFL season had ended for Denver Broncos’ wideout Tim Patrick before it even started. According to multiple reports, Patrick, who led the Broncos in touchdown catches in 2021, tore his ACL during practice and will be out for the season.

Patrick reportedly got hurt while performing team drills on Tuesday. The veteran caught a pass in a duel with corner Essang Bassey, and just as he was turning to make a run down the field, his knee gave up on him.

The Broncos didn’t detail Patrick’s injury so far aside from announcing that the 28-year-old player landed on Injured Reserve.

“It hurts,” fellow WR Courtland Sutton said about Patrick before the ACL tear was confirmed. “To see a guy who works his butt off all offseason, his preparation is second to none. … [We’re] praying for the best … as we sit and wait.”

Tim Patrick entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Utah in 2017. Before joining the Broncos, he spent his rookie season on practice squads with the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.

After making his pro debut in 2018, Patrick worked his way from being the team’s fourth and sometimes even fifth option on offense to an important contributor. This was especially the case in the past two seasons, in which Patrick totaled 104 catches for 1,476 yards and 11 touchdowns.