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Linebacker Drew Sanders of the Broncos will miss the most of the 2024 season due to an Achilles tendon injury

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Drew Sanders, a talented second-year linebacker, tore his Achilles tendon at the beginning of the team’s offseason workout last month, meaning he will miss at least half of the 2024 season with the Broncos.

Sanders had surgery, and although he is anticipated to miss six to nine months, there’s a chance he may play again in November if his recuperation proceeds as planned.

Sanders, an Arkansas product selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, began the season as an inside linebacker but was eventually moved to the outside position. During his debut season, he participated in all 17 games, starting four of them and racking up twenty-six tackles. He was a vital member of the special teams as well.

In 2024, the Broncos were debating whether to play Sanders inside or outside. After Sanders suffered an injury before to the NFL draft, they chose Utah outside linebacker Jonah Elliss with the 76th overall choice in the third round after losing inside linebacker Josey Jewell to free agency.

General manager George Paton said at the NFL scouting combine in February that he believed Sanders would “probably end up on the edge, but he has the flexibility.” He is really gifted. It’s challenging. It has similarities to Baron Browning. Because he is unable to settle into one place, it may be both a benefit and a burden at times. We feel comfortable about Drew going ahead since he finished well after we left him outdoors.

Along with Jonathan Cooper, Nik Bonitto, and Browning, Ellis became a member of the outside linebacker group. The top inside linebackers for the Broncos are Cody Barton, Justin Strnad, Alex Singleton, and the often injured Jonas Griffith.

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