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Emmanuel Sanders | Wide Receiver

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/17/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 180
College: Southern Methodist
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Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is practicing Wednesday.
He practiced last week, as well, but was inactive against the Bears after he labored through pre-game warmups. Sanders has confirmed he's pushing through a high-ankle sprain. If active, he'll be a risky WR2/3 play Sunday night. Nov 25 - 2:01 PM

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Emmanuel Sanders confirmed he is dealing with a high-ankle sprain.

Sanders originally suffered the injury on the first drive of Week 9 against the Colts. He played well through the injury against Indy, but he struggled the next game against the Chiefs and did not look good in warmups before ultimately being ruled inactive Week 11. Sanders said he could have played against the Bears, but he was convinced sitting out to help the ankle heal fully was the best option. Sanders said Monday was the first day he got out of bed without limping, and it sounds like he has a good chance to play this week against New England. His status will be updated throughout the week.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 23 - 9:06 PM

Broncos declared WR Emmanuel Sanders, QB Peyton Manning, LB DeMarcus Ware, TE Richard Gordon, CB Lorenzo Doss, DE Vance Walker, and OL Sam Brenner inactive for Week 11.

With Sanders sidelined, the Broncos will go with a combination of Bennie Fowler, Andre Caldwell, and Cody Latimer behind Demaryius Thomas. Brock Osweiler will make his first career start in place of Manning.
Nov 22 - 11:32 AM

Emmanuel Sanders will be inactive for Week 11 against the Bears.

The Broncos will lean heavily on Demaryius Thomas and the running game, with some combination of Bennie Fowler, Bubba Caldwell, and Cody Latimer behind Thomas. They also have three tight ends in Vernon Davis, Owen Daniels, and Virgil Green capable of chipping into the passing game. Sanders (finger, ankle) didn't look good in pre-game warmups and the medical staff decided to sit him. He figures to return for Week 12 against the Patriots.
Nov 22 - 11:19 AM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold said Emmanuel Sanders (finger, ankle) did not look comfortable running his routes in pregame warmups.

Legwold noted the cold conditions in Chicago could make it tough for Sanders to get loose. This obviously clouds his status for Sunday's game. The good news is the Broncos play at 1 PM ET, so fantasy owners won't have to hold their breath through the afternoon slate. Sanders played through an ankle injury last week but was held without a catch. He's shaping up to be a very risky fantasy play.
Nov 22 - 10:21 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Emmanuel Sanders (finger) is expected to play Sunday against the Bears.

This has been the assumption all along. Sanders didn't catch a pass against the Chiefs in Week 10 but it looks like he's in better health this week after practicing on both Thursday and Friday, albeit in a limited fashion. Quarterback Brock Osweiler is completely unproven but at least he's healthy, which was not the case with Peyton Manning. Sanders should return to WR2 status this week.
Nov 22 - 8:59 AM

Emmanuel Sanders (questionable, finger) practiced again on Friday.

Coach Gary Kubiak assured Thursday that Sanders will be active Sunday against Chicago. Even after last week's goose egg, Sanders remains in the WR2 discussion.
Nov 20 - 2:07 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak expects Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger) to be "full go" for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Sanders is dealing with all sorts of minor injuries, but his Week 11 status is no longer in doubt. At less than 100 percent with Brock Osweiler making his first career start, Sanders will be more of a low-end WR2 than a high-end option.
Nov 19 - 3:28 PM

Emmanuel Sanders (finger) was limited at Thursday's practice.

He wasn't wearing a helmet. Sanders is dealing with a multitude of injuries and didn't look like himself Sunday against Kansas City. He should be okay to play the Bears this week, but with Brock Osweiler at quarterback and Sanders at far less than 100 percent, he's on the WR2 borderline.
Nov 19 - 2:21 PM

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, shoulder) isn't practicing Wednesday.

Sanders played through his ankle injury in Week 10, but was held without a catch against the Chiefs. The shoulder issue is a lingering one suffered a few weeks back against the Browns. We tentatively expect Sanders to play Sunday against the Bears. We'll update Sanders' status again Thursday.
Nov 18 - 2:32 PM

Emmanuel Sanders suffered a finger injury in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, but is expected to have a "normal week" of practice.

Sanders, who entered Week 10 with an ankle injury and was evaluated for a concussion in the second half, is majorly banged up, but his Week 11 status isn't in doubt. With Brock Osweiler taking over for an injured Peyton Manning (foot), Sanders will be a mid-range WR2. Manning has been playing extremely poorly, but was still peppering Sanders and Demaryius Thomas with targets.
Nov 16 - 3:32 PM

Emmanuel Sanders was held without a catch on four targets in Denver's Week 10 loss to the Chiefs.

Sanders' fourth target produced a concussion evaluation. He was cleared, but never checked back in. The Broncos were clearly playing things safe with a player who was already nursing an ankle injury. Even with Manning expected back under center for Week 11 (if his health allows), Sanders will remain a high-end WR2.
Nov 15 - 8:12 PM

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is active for Week 10 against the Chiefs.

Sanders' status was the subject of much drama, but at the very least, he'll be out there running routes as a decoy. That's the danger for fantasy owners, of course. It's quite possible Sanders can't make his usual lightning-quick cuts, making him more of an attention-occupier than anything else. NFL Network's James Palmer reports his snaps might be limited. Either way, Sanders can be treated as a high-upside WR3 for fantasy purposes. Inactive for the Broncos are WR Jordan Norwood, QB Trevor Siemian, OG Shelley Smith, TE Richard Gordon, OLB DeMarcus Ware and DT Darius Kilgo.
Nov 15 - 2:43 PM

Emmanuel Sanders participated in Saturday's walkthrough but according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it "could be difficult" for him to play Sunday against the Chiefs.

He gashed the Chiefs for 87 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2, so sitting out would represent a big missed opportunity. There's no obvious handcuff either as the Broncos have essentially ignored their other receivers in favor of feeding the ball to Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. Sanders hasn't been ruled out yet but his status looks cloudier than ever. You need to have a backup option in place.
Nov 15 - 8:16 AM

Coach Gary Kubiak said Emmanuel Sanders' injured ankle was "really sore" Friday.

Kubiak said he expected Sanders to do "a little bit more" Friday, but he did not participate for the third day in a row and is expected to be a game-time decision. Kubiak said the team would "check" on Sanders Saturday morning, so hopefully we can get more clarity then. Owners need to have a backup plan in place.
Source: ESPN
Nov 14 - 9:29 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Peyton Manning
2Christian Ponder
3Brock Osweiler
4Trevor Siemian
RB1Ronnie Hillman
2C.J. Anderson
3Juwan Thompson
GLB1Ronnie Hillman
2C.J. Anderson
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Bennie Fowler
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Jordan Norwood
3Cody Latimer
WR31Jordan Norwood
TE1Vernon Davis
2Owen Daniels
3Virgil Green
4Richard Gordon
LT1Tyler Polumbus
LG1Evan Mathis
2Max Garcia
C1Matt Paradis
2Sam Brenner
RG1Louis Vasquez
RT1Ryan Harris
2Michael Schofield
K1Brandon McManus