Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders tells Mike Klis of 9 News that he also underwent “tightrope” surgery on his right ankle this offseason on top of the Achilles surgery he had last December.
“The tightrope was more painful the Achilles (surgery),’’ Sanders said.
“Tightrope” surgery involves drilling holes into the tibia and fibula at the ankle and then holding the bones together with a heavy non-absorbable suture.
Sanders suffered the ankle injury back in 2017 and wound up missing two games before returning to the team for a few months and then missing the final two games of the season.
The good news, however, is that Sanders says he now feels back to his old self.
“I feel good now that both of them have been taken care of,’’ Sanders said. “I feel like I’m back to myself, finally.’’
Sanders, 32, is a former third-round pick of the Steelers back in 2010. He played out his rookie contract before signing on with the Broncos back in 2014.
Sanders is entering the fianl year of his four-year, $38.6 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $10.5 million for the 2019 season.
In 2018, Sanders appeared in 12 games for the Broncos and caught 71 passes for 868 yards receiving and four touchdowns.