Broncos Claim WR Andre Holmes off waivers; place WR Emmanuel Sanders on IR

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Wednesday claimed wide receiver Andre Holmes off waivers from Buffalo and placed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on injured reserve, it was announced.

Holmes (6-4, 210 pounds) is an eighth-year player who has appeared in 91 career-regular-season games (25 starts) with Buffalo (2017-18), Oakland (2013-16) and Dallas (2012). He spent his rookie season in 2011 on the Cowboys’ practice squad after entering the NFL with the Vikings as a college free agent from Hillsdale College.

In the regular season, Holmes has totaled 127 receptions for 1,739 yards (13.7 avg.) with 15 touchdowns. He also played one postseason game with the Raiders during the 2016 season, posting four catches for 50 yards (12.5 avg.) with one touchdown.

A teammate of Broncos tackle Jared Veldheer at Hillsdale College, Holmes was named a first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection during his final two seasons. He set school single-season records in receptions (104) and receiving yards (1,368) as a senior in 2010.

Holmes graduated from James B. Conant High School in Elk Grove, Ill., and was born on June 16, 1988.

Sanders started all 12 games for the Broncos this season and leads the team with 71 receptions for 868 yards (13.1 avg.) with four touchdowns. This year, he has caught, thrown and rushed for a touchdown, becoming just the fifth wide receiver since the 1970 NFL merger to accomplish that feat.