Holmes (ankle) was released by the Broncos on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. The Broncos acquired Holmes via waivers after he was cut by the Bills in early December. The veteran wideout went on to appear in three games with Denver, hauling in his lone target during that span for a five-yard reception before moving to injured reserve after suffering a high-ankle sprain. Holmes should be back to full strength by the time teams reconvene for OTAs, but it's unlikely he'll have a robust market as he heads into free agency. As a 30-year-old wideout who has topped out at 47 receptions, 693 yards and four touchdowns during any of his seven seasons, Holmes may have to wait until some bigger names at the position come off the board before landing a depth role with a team.
Holmes caught his lone target as a Broncos, a gain of five yards, and caught 12 of 23 targets as a Buffalo Bill, gaining 157 yards, during 2018. Holmes was on the Broncos' roster for three games and was targeted just once before heading to injured reserve with an ankle injury. His future with the team is unclear. On one hand, he's a big-bodied veteran option who counts just $1.45 million against the cap in 2019. On the other, his signing was based on his familiarity with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's scheme, and Musgrave is likely out following the firing of head coach Vance Joseph. Even if Holmes stays on in 2019, he's likely little more than a special teams contributor and depth option --- outside of maybe Emmanuel Sanders, the Broncos figure to look to develop their young, talented targets in 2019.
Holmes (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. The move means little in regards to the severity of Holmes' left high-ankle sprain, simply that he would have been ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Chargers. The 30-year-old may need some time to make a full recovery, but should be ready for offseason OTAs in the spring.
Holmes (ankle) wasn't taking part in the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Holmes' inability to practice for the second straight day adds further credence to the report Mike Klis of 9News Denver issued Wednesday, wherein the wideout was revealed to be dealing with a high-ankle sprain that will likely keep him sidelined for the season finale against the Chargers. The Broncos will officially reveal Holmes' odds of playing in that contest or rule him out entirely when the team releases its final practice report Friday.
Holmes is dealing with a high left ankle sprain and is unlikely to suit up in Sunday's season finale against the Chargers, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Holmes isn't a significant part of the Denver passing game, but his likely absence for Week 17 represents yet another blow to a decimated receiver room that has already lost Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) and Demaryius Thomas (traded to the Texans) for the season. With Holmes out of the mix for Sunday, River Cracraft is in line to serve as the Broncos' No. 4 wideout.
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|3||09/22||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|5||10/06||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|7||10/18||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|13||12/01||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|15||12/15||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
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