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|Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft, Sanders was the player expected to eventually take over in the starting lineup for Hines Ward. Injuries have derailed that plan and Antonio Brown, taken in the 6th round in 2010, has laid claim to the starting spot opposite Mike Wallace with Ward now retired. Sanders role in 2012 is yet to be determined as he will either battle Jerricho Cotchery for the 3rd receiver role or for a spot in the starting lineup if Mike Wallace doesn’t sign his restricted free agent tender. Of course, Wallace stands to lose close to $170,000 each week he misses so we expect he will report just prior to Week 1 at the latest. Look for Sanders to nail down the slot receiver role.
|Norman to shadow Demaryius Thomas after all? -- Thu Feb 4 7:20 pm --|
Struggling WR might see more of All-Pro CB than expected
|Josh Norman intimated that he would be facing Demaryius Thomas and not Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: It would be a minor surprise if Norman locks onto Thomas in Super Bowl 50, if only because DT has only six catches for 52 yards and no scores in this year's playoffs against much worse competition than Norman. If Norman does shadow Thomas, look for a heavy dose of Sanders all game long.
| Emmanuel Sanders inactive -- Sun Nov 22 11:20 am --|
|A surprise: Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders won't play today. This comes after the team saw him warmup (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Sanders (ankle) didn't look comfortable during pregame warmups and has been ruled out. Demaryius Thomas should be the most targeted wideout for new QB Brock Osweiler.
| Peyton Manning has plantar fasciitis in left foot -- Mon Nov 16 11:30 am --|
Brock Osweiler replaced Manning in Week 10
|Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has plantar fasciitis in his foot, including a partial tear of tissue, an NFL source confirmed Monday.
Manning began experiencing pain two weeks ago, then aggravated the injury on the artifical turf at Lucas Oil Stadium eight days ago. He completed 5-of -20 passes for 35 yards and 4 INTS on Sunday against the Chiefs. He is worst in the NFL with 17 interceptions, leaving him on pace for a career-high 30. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Nothing is official but you can expect Brock Osweiler to be under center for the Broncos in Week 11 against the Bears as rest is the best cure for Manning's foot injury. Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are performing more like low-end WR2s than WR1s through ten weeks of the season.
| Emmanuel Sanders will be a gametime decision -- Sat Nov 14 11:00 am --|
Missed practice all week
|Coach Gary Kubiak said Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) will be a "game-time decision" for the Broncos against Kansas City Sunday.
Sanders did not practice for the third straight day and was listed as questionable on the Broncos' injury report.
"I thought he would do a little more," Kubiak said. "He was really sore this morning." Kubiak said Thursday that he expects Sanders to push his way to play Sunday. (Denver Broncos)|
FF Today's Take: It's typically a bad sign for players who miss practice on Friday but if Sanders feels good enough to go in pregame warmups, he'll likely give it a shot. The Broncos don't play until late Sunday afternoon so Sanders' owners should be looking for other options.