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Broncos place Emmanuel Sanders on IR, claim WR Andre Holmes off waivers from Bills

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos placed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on injured reserve with an Achilles injury and claimed wide receiver Andre Holmes off waivers from Buffalo, the team announced Wednesday.

Sanders suffered the injury during Wednesday’s practice when he fell while running a route.

The Broncos have now lost four starters on offense — Sanders, Matt Paradis, Ron Leary and Jeff Heuerman — to season-ending injuries. Max Garcia — who replaced Leary as a starter — and Jake Butt were also placed on IR during the 2018 season.

Sanders, Garcia and Butt all suffered their injuries during practice.

The Broncos also lost All-Pro cornerback Chris Harris Jr. after he suffered a broken leg on Sunday in Cincinnati. He is expected to miss several weeks.

Holmes will aim to fill part of the void that Sanders leaves behind.

The seventh-year pro, who was waived by Buffalo on Tuesday, has 127 career catches for 1,739 yards and 15 touchdowns. In 2018, he received playing time in 12 games and tallied 12 catches for 157 yards.

His best season came in 2014, when he caught 47 passes for 693 yards and four touchdowns. Holmes also spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons in Oakland, where Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave then served in the same role in the Raiders.

Holmes joins Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, Tim Patrick and River Cracraft as healthy options at wide receiver.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound receiver attended Hillsdale College.

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