NFL Football

Broncos receiver KJ Hamler suffers setback with hamstring

By ARNIE STAPLETON

AP Pro Football Writer

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler had a setback in his recovery from a torn hamstring and is out indefinitely.

Coach Nathaniel Hackett said Thursday that he wasn't sure if Hamler's season is over.

"We're still evaluating everything right now," Hackett said. "Obviously, his care is our No. 1 priority, so we want to be sure that we're doing everything to help him get back."

Hamler has missed the past three games and has only played in seven games this season, catching seven passes for 165 yards for a whopping 23.6-yard average this season.

A second-round speedster out of Penn State in 2020, Hamler has only played in 10 games since his rookie season, when he caught three TD passes. He sustained a season-ending knee injury in Week 3 last year and underwent both knee and hip surgeries.

Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (ankle) missed practice again Thursday, an indication he's likely to miss his third straight game Sunday when the Broncos (3-8) visit the Baltimore Ravens (7-4).

Jeudy hasn't practiced since spraining an ankle on the Broncos' first snap against the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 13.

With Jeudy and Hamler out, the Broncos are down to just one of their top four receivers. No. 1 wideout Tim Patrick sustained an ACL injury in August.

Without that trio on the field, opponents have largely neutralized Courtland Sutton, leaving scuffling quarterback Russell Wilson with a receiving group of Kendall Hinton, Jalen Virgil and Brandon Johnson - all of whom were undrafted - and fifth-round rookie returner Montrell Washington.

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Updated December 1, 2022

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