Aaron Patrick’s agent is not happy about the circumstances of his client’s season-ending injury.
Patrick, a linebacker on the Denver Broncos, tore his ACL during Monday night’s game against the Chargers. He was crashing out of bounds, and collided with a crew member on the sidelines. In seeking to avoid colliding with another, Patrick’s foot planted on a rug on the sidelines and his leg contorted in the wrong direction.
“I was very disturbed about the way the injury occurred with the carpet being on the sideline like that,” Patrick’s agent, Lamont Smith, told Tom Pelissero of NFL Media. “His cleat got lodged in the carpet trying to avoid the media person.”
Patrick was signed by the Broncos last September off the Jaguars’ practice squad. The 25-year-old, who went undrafted out of Eastern Kentucky in 2020, appeared in 12 games last season, starting one, and has played in five games for Denver this year.
It has been a tumultuous season so far in Denver. The team entered the season with big expectations after acquiring Russell Wilson from the Seahawks for a package that included multiple first-round picks, and giving him an extension worth nearly $50 million per year.
However, the Broncos are just 2-4 and last in the league in scoring with an abysmal 15.2 points per game. There have also been persistent questions about new head coach Nathaniel Hackett’s game management capabilities.
Earlier this week, one of Wilson’s former offensive teammates, Michael Robinson, forecasted the possibility of a “mutiny” in the Broncos locker room.
“If you’re a teammate in that locker room, you’re like, be human! Please! Call somebody out! Be upset about something! Don’t just act like this is just business as usual!” Robinson said on NFL Network earlier this week. “Because at the end of the day, I think it’s on the horizon for this team — I hope it’s not — but I think it’s on the horizon: Mutiny is afoot. The guys in that locker room are gonna turn around and say, ‘Russell got his money. New head coach, he got his money, he’s all good. But what about us? What about the guys in the locker room?’”
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