Patrick brought in six of 10 targets for 95 yards in the Broncos' 28-24 loss to the Chiefs on Saturday. Patrick made a remarkable return from a one-game absence on the COVID-19 list, leading the Broncos in receptions, receiving yards and targets. The strong effort was a strong turnaround for Patrick in what had been a lackluster second half of the season, and his production allowed him to set a new career high in receptions (53) while falling just eight yards short of the career-best 742 receiving yards he'd recorded in 2020. Patrick now has consecutive 50-plus-catch campaigns, but he'll likely have to battle KJ Hamler (IR-knee) for the No. 3 receiver role in 2022.
Denver activated Patrick (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Jerry Jeudy (illness) also came of the same list Wednesday, setting the stage for the two wideouts to return from one-game absences to play in Saturday's season finale with the Chiefs. With Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) on injured reserve, the starting receiver trio of Patrick, Jeudy and Courtland Sutton will be drawing targets from Drew Lock (shoulder), who is on track to make a third consecutive start.
Head coach Vic Fangio said that Patrick (illness) and none of the other Denver players who were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list since Tuesday will be available for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Among the 14 players currently on the COVID-19 list, Fangio is leaving the door open for only linebacker Andre Mintze and defensive lineman Mike Purcell -- who were deactivated Monday -- to return this weekend. Patrick is among the 12 other Denver players who will sit out Week 17 due to virus-related protocols, along with fellow wideout Jerry Jeudy. With Patrick and Jeudy sidelined and Courtland Sutton (illness) listed as questionable but at risk of sitting out Sunday, Denver could be down to Kendall Hinton, Diontae Spencer and practice-squad call-ups Travis Fulgham and Seth Williams as its options at receiver this weekend.
Patrick (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and isn't expected to play this Sunday against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official website reports. Assuming Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy make it through the week healthy, the Broncos have Diontae Spencer and Kendall Hinton as options for the No. 3 receiver role. The possibility also exists that Denver hands more playing time to talented backup tight end Albert Okwuegbunam behind starter Noah Fant. Patrick might technically have a shot to return by Sunday, but Broncos head coach Vic Fangio doesn't expect that to happen.
Denver is expected to place Patrick on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Once Patrick is officially placed on the list, he'll need to either be deemed asymptomatic of the virus or turn in two consecutive negative tests 24 hours apart in order to make himself available for Sunday's game against the Chargers. If Patrick isn't cleared to play this weekend, Kendall Hinton would likely replace him as the No. 3 wideout behind Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton.
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