Emmanuel Sanders Suffers Season-Ending Injury in Practice

December 5, 2018 | insideinjuries | No Comments

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders suffered a season-ending injury at practice today. The Broncos quickly placed him on I.R. just hours after he went down. Trainers had to help him off the field after he slipped while running a route. Sanders was unable to put any weight on his left leg as he was helped to the locker room. Early reports suggested Sanders suffered a torn Achilles, and the quick move to I.R. all but confirms this diagnosis after an MRI.

Achilles injuries are generally non-contact injuries, which makes sense in Sanders’ case. Teams can also usually tell right away if the Achilles is torn due to the accuracy of on field tests. This is also consistent with Sanders’ injury.

Sanders will undergo an MRI tonight or early tomorrow to confirm the tear. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, Sanders will undergo season-ending surgery and start the lengthy recovery process. The Optimal Recovery Time for an Achilles tear ranges from 9-12 months, but it usually takes a full year for a player to heal completely. It is possible that Sanders is healthy enough to return by Week 1 of next season, but that would be an extremely fast recovery, and he wouldn’t be 100%.

Texans RB D’Onta Foreman was just activated from the reserve/PUP list today after missing over a year recovering from an Achilles tear. Foreman suffered the injury in Week 11 of last season, and though the Texans had hopes that he would be ready by the start of this season, it ended up taking a full 12 months for Foreman to get healthy. It’s very likely that Sanders will follow a similar timeline with his recovery.