ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos placed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on season ending injured reserve after he suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during practice earlier Wednesday.
Denver was still absorbing the loss of Chris Harris Jr. to a broken leg this week when an MRI scan confirmed the team's fears about the injury to Sanders
In a corresponding move, the Broncos claimed wide receiver Andre Holmes off waivers from Buffalo. Holmes has appeared in 89 games over eight years in the league with the Bills, Oakland (2013-16) and Dallas (2012).
Sanders, the team's leading receiver, was hurt running a route in practice. He went down and immediately threw his helmet. He was helped off the field by trainers.
"It didn't look good," Broncos coach Vance Joseph said.
Sanders, in his fifth season with Denver, leads the team with 71 catches for 868 yards. He was on a pace to have 95 receptions and more than 1,100 yards.
With Sanders out, Denver's receiving corps is stocked with rookies. Courtland Sutton has been starting since Demaryius Thomas was traded to Houston last month. Tim Patrick has seen some playing time and DaeSean Hamilton played extensively last week but did not have any receptions.
"He's ready. He's ready to go," Joseph said of Hamilton, who missed a portion of the season with an MCL injury. "He's worked all year. It's Week 4, he's no longer a rookie so he has to go play, along with Tim Patrick and River Cracraft. We have capable guys and I'm very comfortable with that room. It's young but it's a proven room."