Player News - Broncos

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Broncos designated OLB Shane Ray as an injured reserve-designated for return player.

He is now eligible to practice. Ray can resume playing in Week 9. Ray posted eight sacks and a forced fumble last season and will give Denver's pass rush another boost, although replacement Shaq Barrett has played well as a starter.
Oct 16 - 5:13 PM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph was supportive of K Brandon McManus after he missed two field goals in Sunday night's Week 6 loss.

McManus didn't just miss the kicks; they were dreadful shanks. He's now 8-of-13 on field goal tries this season. The Broncos signed McManus to a new four-year, $14 million deal in September. "He's a confident guy and he'll work himself out of this funk," insisted Joseph.
Oct 16 - 4:08 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Trevor Siemian's shoulder injury is "minor," and that he will likely play Week 7.

It's not surprising after Siemian played through the issue against the Giants, though he underwent a Monday MRI to confirm the nature of the injury. Siemian's play has been in steady decline since a strong start, and he'll be without Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) against the Chargers. Siemian's streamer relevance has come and gone.
Oct 16 - 3:27 PM

NBC Denver reports Emmanuel Sanders has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle, and will miss at least Week 7.

The same is true of fifth-round rookie WR Isaiah McKenzie (ankle). Sanders avoided a fracture, but it sounds like he came away with a high-ankle sprain, which would cost him multiple games. The Broncos have already had their bye, and spend the next three weeks on the road. With Sanders out, the Broncos have zero depth behind Demaryius Thomas. Bennie Fowler is going to be forced into heavy targets.
Oct 16 - 2:49 PM

Broncos OLB Shane Ray (wrist, injured reserve) is expected to resume practicing this week.

Placed on injured reserve ahead of Week 1, Ray is not eligible to return to action for a couple more games, but he can practice with the team starting this week. As long as he does not suffer any setbacks, he should be ready to when first eligible against the Eagles Week 9.
Oct 16 - 11:31 AM

Broncos fifth-round TE Jake Butt (knee, PUP) is expected to resume practicing this week.

Butt tore his ACL during the Orange Bowl in late December. Once he begins practicing, the Broncos will have a three-week window to promote him to the active roster. With none of the tight ends on the depth chart really stepping up, Butt could work his way into a late-season role.
Oct 16 - 11:28 AM

X-rays on Demaryius Thomas' injured leg came back negative.

Thomas was sidelined for a stretch in the second half of Sunday's game against the Giants after going down with a lower leg injury. Luckily his X-rays came back negative and he was able to finish the game. Thomas had his best game of the season by far on Sunday night (10 catches for 133 yards on 14 targets) and should remain a WR2 next week against the Chargers, even if the injury prevents him from getting in his usual practice reps.
Oct 16 - 8:46 AM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Trevor Siemian will "probably" undergo an MRI Monday after injuring his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Siemian injured himself trying to tackle Janoris Jenkins on a pick-six late in the first half. Backup Brock Osweiler spelled him for a stretch in the second quarter, though Siemian would later return for the start of the second half. The injury was to Siemian's left (non-throwing) shoulder, the same one he had surgery on this offseason. If Siemian does undergo an MRI, it would probably just be a precautionary measure. Ultimately we'd expect Siemian to be fine for Sunday's game against the Chargers, even if the injury costs him practice time during the week.
Oct 16 - 8:37 AM

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Sanders' X-rays came back negative after being carted off Sunday night against the Giants, but his status won't be known until he gets his MRI results back. Even if it's just a sprain, it's hard to imagine Sanders suiting up for next week's game against the Chargers. That would open up more looks for Demaryius Thomas, who is also less than 100 percent after injuring his lower leg in Week 6. After getting off to a hot start, Denver's offense is running on fumes right now.
Oct 16 - 8:35 AM

Bennie Fowler caught 3-of-8 targets for 21 yards in Week 6 against the Giants.

It was a rough game for Fowler, but he led the Broncos in snaps with Emmanuel Sanders sidelined. He's going to play in two-wide sets and the slot in subpackages moving forward-- potentially giving him a big pass game role. Fowler's upside is limited with Trevor Siemian, but he's a Week 7 waiver target.
Oct 16 - 12:15 AM

Demaryius Thomas caught 10 passes for 133 yards in Week 6 against the Giants.

Thomas didn't have trouble getting open despite coverage from Giants CB Janoris Jenkins. He had six of his ten catches and 79 yards in the first half. Thomas left with a leg injury in the fourth quarter, but returned. It won't be surprising if he misses some practice time this week. With Emmanuel Sanders sidelined, Thomas is locked into heavy targets moving forward. Even in a tough matchup, he's a top-15 play for Week 7.
Oct 16 - 12:10 AM

C.J. Anderson rushed nine times for 17 yards in Week 6 against the Giants.

Anderson only saw four carries in the second half. There was a scoring chance for him late, but he couldn’t convert a fourth-and-goal from inside the one-yard line. Anderson has been trending down, getting held under 40 yards in two of his last three games. He'll get a matchup with the Chargers in Week 7.
Oct 16 - 12:05 AM

Jamaal Charles had five carries for nine yards in Week 6 against the Giants.

Charles and C.J. Anderson were non-factors with Denver playing from behind. He had more yards than Anderson, but played only 20 snaps. Charles should see a bigger workload in Week 7 against the Chargers.
Oct 16 - 12:01 AM

Trevor Siemian completed 29-of-50 passes for 376 yards a touchdown and two interceptions in Week 6 against the Giants.

Siemian played worse than his stats, with one of his interceptions a pick six. He was also sacked four times and didn't throw his touchdown until late in the fourth quarter. Siemian had to play without Emmanuel Sanders and a banged up Demaryius Thomas for most of the second half, but he's now struggled in three straight games. He has another tough matchup in Week 7 with the Chargers secondary.
Oct 15 - 11:45 PM

Emmanuel Sanders was carted off with a right ankle injury in Week 6 against the Giants.

Sanders went down on a low hit from Giants safety Landon Collins. He was immediately ruled out for the game. This looks like a multi-week and potential season-threatening injury. Bennie Fowler should see more time in two-wide sets with Sanders out, with Jordan Taylor playing outside in subpackages.
Oct 15 - 10:51 PM


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