| Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos
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|Draft: 2010 Round 3 (18)
Ht: 5’11” Wt: 180 DOB: 1987-03-17 Age: 27
|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.
| Sanders, Thomas sit Thursday at Broncos practice -- Thu Nov 20 1:30 pm --|
Broncos without two key receivers
|Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas were on the sideline at practice Thursday, just as they were on Wednesday, due to injuries suffered against the Rams last weekend. (ProFootball Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Both players remain very questionable to play. While there's still a chance both could practice Friday and play on Sunday, owners should have backup plans in place. Jacob Tamme, Wes Welker and Andre Caldwell would see increased value if both sit.
| Sanders, Thomas held out of Broncos' practice -- Wed Nov 19 2:40 pm --|
Two receiving stars watching from the sidelines Wedensday
|Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas attended Wednesday's practice. But they did not practice. Sanders suffered a concussion Sunday when absorbing a violent hit by Rams safety Rodney McLeod. Thomas suffered a sprained left ankle Sunday. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Sanders will need to get through the NFL's concussion protocol before being allowed to play. Thomas is not on crutches or in a walking boot, both of which are good signs for his availability. More updates to come on both players later this week.
| Broncos lose Sanders, J. Thomas, Ball to injury -- Sun Nov 16 8:00 pm --|
Denver RB re-aggravates groin injury
|The Denver Broncos' trip to this city has been a painful one. Tight end Julius Thomas, running back Montee Ball (groin) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) all suffered injuries in a 22-7 loss to the Rams. Thomas played just two series for the Broncos before leaving the game with an ankle injury and did not return. He had X-rays on his ankle at the stadium and was diagnosed with a sprain. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: It was a rough afternoon for the Broncos on the injury front and the scoreboard. Sanders took a brutal hit early in the third quarter and left the game with a concussion. Ball's groin injury is the most critical as he already missed five weeks with the same injury. The re-aggravation may cost him multiple weeks or perhaps the season. C.J. Anderson should be the lead back moving forward.
|Wes Welker suspended four games -- Tue Sep 2 7:07 pm --|
Use of amphetamines
|Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended four games for use of amphetamines, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Welker was excused from practice Aug. 20-21 to attend his appeal hearing, sources told ESPN Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Welker will have plenty of time to get through the leagues' concussion protocol. The Broncos have a bye in Week 4 so the earliest Welker could return to the field would be Week 6. Emmanuel Sanders becomes legit WR2 option and keep in mind, the Broncos used tight end Jacob Tamme in the slot during Welker's absence last season.
| Welker cleared for individual drills -- Mon Sep 1 3:45 pm --|
Has yet to be cleared for full-contact practices
|On Monday, WR Wes Welker (concussion) returned to practice. He will participate in individual drills but has yet to be cleared to play in the team's season-opener Sunday night against the Colts, reports USAToday.com's Lindsay Jones.
If all goes well, Welker will return to full-contact practices before he will be allowed to suit up against the Colts. The Broncos remain cautiously optimistic about those prospects.
If Welker can't go, expect Emmanuel Sanders, signed this offseason, to step into his role. (CBS Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Nine days ago, Welker suffered his third concussion in 10 months. From a fantasy perspective, the latest one turned Welker from a fairly safe WR2 in most formats into an incredibly high-risk WR3 whose career might be close to over. If he manages to play and avoid any more head trauma, he is a good bet for at least 80 catches. But that is a big if and one owners will have to weigh when drafting or trading for him.
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