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Denver Broncos’ DaeSean Hamilton tears ACL, Ja’Wuan James cut

Nov 22, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (17) before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton sustained a torn ACL while training away from the team facility, multiple media outlets reported on Friday.

The news comes one day after NFL Network reported the Broncos planned to release Hamilton following a failure to find a trade partner for the wide receiver.

Per the NFL Network, the Broncos released Ja’Wuan James on the heels of the starting right tackle sustaining a torn Achilles earlier this month while working out away from the team facility. The Broncos initially placed James on the reserve/non-football injury list.

James, who had opted out of the 2020 season, played in only three games for the Broncos after they signed him to a four-year, $51 million contract before the 2019 campaign. He dealt with a knee injury that season and played only 63 snaps for the Broncos.

James, 28, was set to earn $13 million (nearly $10 million in base salary and $3 million in signing bonus) this season.

James was the Miami Dolphins’ first-round draft pick out of Tennessee in 2014. Injuries cost him 18 games during his five seasons with the Dolphins before he became a free agent after the 2018 season.

Hamilton, 26, was scheduled to make $2.183 million this season in a crowded depth chart.

Hamilton finished fifth on the team in receiving yards (293) in 2020. With Courtland Sutton (ACL) scheduled to return this season, Hamilton would be battling Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler for playing time as well.

Hamilton had 81 career receptions for 833 yards and five touchdowns in 46 games (nine starts) for the Broncos, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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–Field Level Media