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The Denver Post's Mike Klis believes Peyton Manning will play out his contract with the Broncos.

This would be welcome news for Dynasty owners of Peyton, Demaryius Thomas, and Emmanuel Sanders. Manning is under contract through 2016 with base salaries of $19 million the next two seasons. Although his play has begun to tail off toward the end of the past two years, Peyton has remained an "elite" quarterback in favorable weather. Manning is currently on pace for 42 touchdowns and 4,735 yards, both big drop-offs from last year's stats (55, 5,477) but still top-shelf fantasy QB1 numbers.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 17 - 9:45 PM

The Broncos hope to have Ronnie Hillman (foot) back "if not this week at Cincinnati then in the season finale."

The Broncos could put Hillman to use as a complement to C.J. Anderson, who's averaged an unruly 27.25 carries per game over the past month. Shifty and quick, Hillman would make more sense as a true change-of-pace than Juwan Thompson, who is a big back like Anderson. Even if Hillman plays Monday night at Cincinnati, it would be a surprise if he handled more than 7-9 touches.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 17 - 9:39 PM

Broncos signed S Josh Bush off their practice squad.

After losing backup safety and special teamer Quinton Carter to I.R. last week, Bush gets the call. He'll fill the exact same role as Carter. Bush appeared in 35 games for the Jets across the 2012-2014 seasons.
Dec 17 - 3:07 PM

Cody Latimer has cleared the concussion protocol and will resume practicing this week.

The second-round pick has barely played on offense this season and would need a Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders injury to get into the rotation.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 15 - 4:57 PM

Updating an earlier item, Broncos WLB Brandon Marshall (mid-foot sprain) believes he'll only miss 1-2 weeks.

Players are notoriously overconfident about injury odds, but it sounds like Marshall will be ready for the playoffs if he misses Weeks 16 and 17. Marshall has been a key cog for the Broncos this season, stuffing the stat sheet while playing nearly every down.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 15 - 3:44 PM

Broncos OLB Danny Trevathan is done for the season after re-injuring his left knee in Sunday's win over the Chargers.

He has a dislocated kneecap, and requires surgery. Trevathan has been slowed by left-knee issues all season, and will close the book on 2014 having played just 100 snaps. It's a poorly-timed injury, as WLB Brandon Marshall is now dealing with a foot issue. A 16-game starter a year ago, Trevathan is signed cheaply ($660,000) for 2015. He'll be back with the Broncos.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 15 - 3:02 PM

Broncos WLB Brandon Marshall has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain.

The injury is to Marshall's left foot. It's big news, as the under-the-radar Marshall has been one of the Broncos' best defenders this season. Mid-foot sprains are often season-ending injuries, and Marshall will likely miss the rest of the regular season. Depending on the severity of his sprain, he could be ready to go for the playoffs. A 2012 fifth-round pick of the Jags, Marshall has graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 3 4-3 outside linebacker this season. He has 113 tackles, two sacks, one interception and a forced fumble.
Dec 15 - 1:33 PM

Julius Thomas played 29-of-66 (43.9 percent) of the offensive snaps in the Week 15 win over the Chargers.

Thomas saw an uptick in snaps from Week 14, but he was still extremely limited. He was used in surefire passing situations and in the red zone, posting a 1-30 receiving line on two targets. Virgil Green handled 50 snaps. Thomas has proven to be impossible to trust the past two weeks. We're going to have to see a full practice week from him to feel comfortable using him as a TE1 in Week 16.
Dec 15 - 11:12 AM

Profootballtalk reports the Broncos are not concerned about Peyton Manning's (thigh) availability for Week 16 against the Bengals.

Manning was battling flu-like systems coming into Sunday's game against the Chargers and strained his thigh late in the second quarter. The team is chalking it up to dehydration and his illness, which makes plenty of sense since Manning needed an IV ahead of the game. Manning has an extra day to get ready with the Broncos and Bengals playing the final Monday night game of 2014.
Dec 15 - 8:36 AM

Wes Welker caught two passes for 16 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win at San Diego.

Even with Julius Thomas (ankle) barely playing, Welker was a non-factor again. Owners that chased last week's six catches predictably got burned.
Dec 14 - 8:10 PM

Julius Thomas caught one pass for 30 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win at San Diego.

Thomas was expected to be a full-go as he came off his ankle injury. The Broncos didn't see it that way, only using him in obvious passing situations and a little bit in the red-zone. Blocker Virgil Green was the primary tight end. It resulted in just one target for Thomas, who was in on one of the first 12 snaps and didn't appear to be moving all too well. We'd like to see him practice in full this week before using him at Cincy in Week 16.
Dec 14 - 8:07 PM

Emmanuel Sanders caught three passes for 53 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win at San Diego.

Sanders saw just three targets on a day Peyton Manning attempted just 20 passes. We'd call that a fluke, except Sanders saw a meager six targets in Week 14 on a day Manning threw 20 passes. The run-heavy style obvious cripples volume, and it certainly didn't help that Sanders got tackled at the 1-yard line on a slant Sunday. He'll be a WR2 at Cincy next week, but we can't guarantee volume any longer.
Dec 14 - 8:03 PM

Demaryius Thomas caught six passes for 123 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 15 win at San Diego.

Thomas got back on track after last week's nightmare, easily beating both Brandon Flowers and Shareece Wright whenever he wanted. The highlight was a back-shoulder throw on Flowers that went for a 28-yard score, his 11th of the season (to go with eight 100-yard days). Although the Broncos are shifting toward more of a run-heavy gameplan, Thomas saw 11 of Peyton Manning's 20 throws in this one and will be an elite WR1 against the 49ers in Week 16.
Dec 14 - 8:02 PM

Juwan Thompson rushed four times for 14 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win at San Diego.

Thompson oddly lost two breather back carries to Jeremy Stewart. Regardless, no one is unseating C.J. Anderson, who piled up 29 more carries Sunday. Thompson will be fighting with Ronnie Hillman for scraps in Week 16.
Dec 14 - 7:58 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 29 times for 85 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win at San Diego.

Anderson played far better than his numbers looked. Showing no ill effects of the ankle issue that bothered him in Week 14, Anderson consistently got more than what was blocked and also had a touchdown reversed on replay (because his knee touched an instant before cross the plane). Clearly cemented as the focal point of a suddenly run-heavy offense, CJA is now averaging a whopping 27.2 carries per game over the last four. He'll be a solid RB1 at Cincy in Week 16.
Dec 14 - 7:53 PM


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