Broncos great running back Javonte Williams was out for the year after tearing his right ACL in Denver 32-23 losses yes Las Vegas Raiders– a person familiar with the results of medical research told the Associated Press agency.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday before coach Nathaniel Hackett’s weekly news conference, where he was scheduled to provide an update on Williams’ injury.

Williams was injured on the first play of the third quarter Sunday when he caught a handoff Russell Wilson and was killed behind the line of scrimmage. He didn’t put any weight on his right leg as he was helped off the field after lying down for a long time.

Williams went in for an MRI on Monday after returning to Denver.

He earned the starting job this season after sharing the bench duties with Melvin Gordon his rookie year is in 2021.

Williams has 202 yards on 47 carries and 76 yards on 16 carries this season.

Last year, Williams rushed for 903 yards and four touchdowns and caught 43 passes for 316 yards and three scores, making him one of the top running backs in the league, finishing second NFL season.

The Atlanta Falcons must also find a new starting running back after placement Cordarrelle Patterson on Monday on injured reserve with a knee injury. Coach Arthur Smith said Patterson had minor knee surgery.

Patterson will miss at least four games, leaving the rookie Tyler Allgeier and Caleb Huntley as the best healthy runners for Sunday game in Tampa Bay.

Huntley, who was called up from the practice squad on Saturday, was signed to the 53-man roster on Monday. Huntley had 10 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta 23-20 to win Cleveland on Sunday.

Allgeier led the Falcons with 84 yards rushing on 10 carries against the Browns. Patterson had nine carries for 38 yards and a touchdown.

Patterson entered the weekend tied for third in the NFL in rushing yards after setting career highs in two of the Falcons’ first three games. He ran for 141 yards in a 27-23 win at Seattle September 25.

Patterson has rushed for 340 yards with three touchdowns over four games. The former wide receiver has four catches for 28 yards.

This is reported by the Associated Press agency.


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