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Former Penn State WR KJ Hamler Tears ACL, Out For Season

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Some terrible but expected news regarding former Penn State star and current Denver Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler.

Following an ugly play in Denver’s game against the NY Jets, it was announced today that Hamler suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season. This news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

After seeing the initial replay of the play on Sunday, it was apparent that Hamler was dealing with a serious injury. In an attempt to go up and catch a pass from Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Hamler landed down on his knee and the replay did not look good. Hamler immediately went to the Broncos locker room as he was not able to put any weight on that leg.

With Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy out with an injury to his ankle, Hamler was looking to establish himself in the Denver offense. Last year in his rookie season, Hamler caught 30 passes for 381 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Through two games this season, the speedy Hamler caught 4 passes for 46 yards.

The 22-year old was a two-year starter at Penn State before being selected in the second round by Denver in the 2020 NFL Draft. Hamler signed a 4-year, $7,137,128 rookie contract that included a $2,750,638 signing bonus.

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