Tim Patrick training camp

The AFC West looks like it will be one of the most competitive divisions in all of football this upcoming season, and much of that is due to the Denver Broncos’ newest addition, quarterback Russell Wilson.

Unfortunately for Wilson, one of his top receivers appears to have gone down with a serious injury at Broncos training camp.

Fourth-year receiver Tim Patrick was carted off the field on Tuesday after making a catch and falling down while attempting to make a move after the catch.

He was helped to the locker room where he reportedly struggled to put any weight on his right leg, which is never a good sign.

It is reportedly a non-contact injury to Patrick’s right knee, which is usually an early indicator of severe injury such as an ACL tear.

Patrick is set to undergo an MRI on his knee, but it doesn’t seem like there is too much optimism around the Broncos organization that it will be a good diagnosis for him.

Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett discussed the injury after practice and what Patrick’s diagnosis process will look like in the coming days.

“Right now, we are going to get the MRIs,” said Hackett to the media on Tuesday. “I don’t know how good it is going to be but we will let you guys know as soon as we can. A guy like Tim who is such an amazing leader, he has done everything we’ve asked, It breaks your heart.”

Patrick is coming off a year where he was arguably the best receiver for the Broncos, racking up 734 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2021. He signed a 3-year $34 million extension this offseason with the Broncos, so the team very clearly saw him as a building block of their team for years to come.

Hopefully this injury is not a season-ending one and he is back on the field for the team at some point this season, but spirits around the Broncos organization certainly appear to be low at the moment.

[Robert Mays]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.