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Tim Patrick to be activated off IR while Bryce Callahan will be placed on the IR

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The Denver Broncos will get back a big wide receiver while placing a big free agent addition on the season-ending IR.

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Head Coach Vic Fangio told reporters after Friday’s practice that they would activate wide receiver Tim Patrick off the injured reserve. They would need to open up a roster spot for him so they decided to place cornerback Bryce Callahan on the season-ending injured reserve.

The 6’4” Patrick will join a wide receiving group that could use another playmaker in the mix. Second-year wide receiver Courtland Sutton is having a bit of a breakout year, but after him? There hasn’t been much consistency, especially after trading away veteran Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers.

Patrick arrived on the scene last season for the Broncos by catching 23 balls for 315 yards and 1 touchdown. He was expected to have a little larger role this upcoming season, but suffered an injury during the week one opener against the Raiders. He will now push DaeSean Hamilton for number two reps behind Courtland Sutton.

As for Callahan, he signed a three-year, $27 million dollar contract with the Broncos this past winter. He will now end his first season with the Broncos by playing 0 snaps with them. His foot injury never fully healed and he suffered complications from the screw placed in his foot. Here’s what Fangio had to say about Callahan’s injury after Friday’s practice.

“Part of his operation, which is routine, they put a screw in there to promote healing and the screw got bent. It caused him a lot of discomfort and pain. Some guys have been able play through with that based upon the level of discomfort and pain. His level was too high for him to play through that. Basically, the screw got bent. I don’t know what having a screw bent in your foot feels like it.”

Hopefully the surgery he is undergoing fixes the issues he is having and he will rejoin the Broncos defense in 2020 as a key member to their secondary. Unfortunately for him and the Broncos, 2019 was a lost season for Callahan.

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