Player News - Broncos

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Devontae Booker corralled his lone target for four yards Sunday in the Broncos’ Week 11 win over Los Angeles.

Booker spent most of the day spectating, playing just 11-of-56 offensive snaps. With Royce Freeman back from injury and Phillip Lindsay enjoying a breakout season, Booker's opportunities going forward will be few and far between. He can be ignored next week against Pittsburgh.
Nov 18 - 8:57 PM

Jeff Heuerman came down with four catches for 20 yards on five targets Sunday in the Broncos’ Week 11 win over the Chargers.

Playing for the first time since his 10-catch, 83-yard breakout in Week 9, Heuerman mostly disappointed, managing a long gain of just six yards. He also committed a head-scratching drop in the fourth quarter, though luckily it didn't cost the Broncos, who stole a 23-22 win on a last-second field goal by Brandon McManus. The 25-year-old won't be an appealing streamer when the Steelers come to town for Week 12.
Nov 18 - 8:29 PM

Courtland Sutton absorbed three of six targets for 78 yards Sunday in the Broncos’ Week 11 win over Los Angeles.

As he has throughout the year, Sutton made his living off big plays. The rookie aided a touchdown drive with a 39-yard grab to open the fourth quarter, then made his biggest contribution of the afternoon by pulling in a 30-yard pass from Case Keenum on the Broncos' final possession. That put Denver in field goal range with 20 seconds left in regulation. The 78 yards matched a career-high for Sutton, who has now cleared 50 yards receiving in four of his last five contests. Sutton will try to make it five out of six when he takes the field next week against the Steelers.
Nov 18 - 8:27 PM

Royce Freeman delivered 23 yards and a touchdown on seven carries while securing his lone target for a seven-yard pickup Sunday in Denver’s Week 11 win over the Chargers.

Freeman appeared healthy in his return from a high-ankle sprain but didn't move the needle much for Denver, managing a long run of just seven yards. He salvaged the day somewhat by punching in a three-yard touchdown—his fifth of the season—during the third quarter, though the rookie saw seven fewer touches than Phillip Lindsay. Freeman has been operating as the 1B to Lindsay's 1A, though his size advantage over Lindsay makes him a threat to vulture goal-line carries. The Broncos host Pittsburgh in Week 12.
Nov 18 - 8:26 PM

Emmanuel Sanders pulled in four catches for 56 yards on six targets Sunday in Denver’s Week 11 victory over the Chargers.

L.A.'s elite secondary showed little resistance early on, limiting the Broncos' star receiver to a single first-half catch. Sanders livened up in the second half, delivering a pivotal 38-yard catch on Denver's game-winning drive. The nine-year vet initially lost a fumble after taking a monster hit from Casey Hayward during the fourth quarter, though the play was later changed to an incompletion on review. Fantasy owners were hoping Sanders would see a boost from Demaryius Thomas' departure, but that hasn't exactly been the case as the 31-year-old has totaled just 10 catches for 103 yards and no touchdowns in his two games without Demaryius. He'll try to reverse that trend next week against his former team, the Steelers.
Nov 18 - 7:30 PM

Case Keenum completed 19-of-32 passes for 205 yards Sunday in the Broncos’ Week 11 victory over the Chargers.

Keenum faced pressure from Joey Bosa all day, but was never sacked. The 30-year-old got off to a sluggish start, completing just nine of 17 throws for 56 scoreless yards in the first half. Keenum found a little more daylight after halftime, however, reviving Emmanuel Sanders after he was invisible for much of the first three quarters. The first-year Bronco was money on the final drive, converting five of six passes (the lone incompletion came when he spiked it to stop the clock with three seconds remaining) for 86 yards as the Broncos walked it off on a game-winning field goal by Brandon McManus. Keenum and the 4-6 Broncos host Pittsburgh in Week 12.
Nov 18 - 7:28 PM

Phillip Lindsay blew up for 79 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries while nabbing four catches for 27 yards on five targets Sunday in the Broncos’ Week 11 win over the Chargers.

The rookie flashed his signature speed with a 41-yard touchdown burst during the second quarter, then made a second end-zone visit in the fourth, this time scoring on a direct snap from two yards out. Lindsay butchered a fourth-and-one chance during the second quarter, but that was his only false step in an otherwise flawless performance. Even with Royce Freeman back from a two-game absence, Lindsay still won the touch battle 15-8 while out-gaining Freeman by 76 yards. At 5'8/190, Lindsay isn't the biggest dog in the fight, but he hits the hole as hard as any back in the league. The former Colorado Buffalo will remain a locked-in RB2 when the Broncos return home to face Pittsburgh in Week 12.
Nov 18 - 7:25 PM

Broncos CB Bradley Roby left Sunday's Week 11 game against the Chargers and is being evaluated for a concussion.

The injury occurred during the fourth quarter. Roby tallied three tackles before his departure. With Roby sidelined, Tramaine Brock will fill in opposite Chris Harris with Isaac Yiadom working as Denver's No. 3 corner.
Nov 18 - 6:47 PM

Royce Freeman (ankle) is active for Week 11 against the Chargers.

Freeman is back after missing two games with a high-ankle sprain. He'll work in tandem with fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay. OG Max Garcia, OG Nico Falah, LB Alexander Johnson, LB Brandon Marshall, S Dymonte Thomas, S Shamarko Thomas and DE DeMarcus Walker are inactive for Sunday's game in Los Angeles.
Nov 18 - 2:40 PM

Former Broncos and Texans head coach Gary Kubiak could return to coaching next season.

Kubiak won't be a head-coaching candidate but according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, he could return to the sidelines as an offensive coordinator, a position he's held twice before. The 57-year-old stepped away from coaching due to health concerns after the 2016 season but hasn't left the sport, continuing to work as the Broncos' senior personnel advisor. Considering his track record, Kubiak shouldn't struggle for interest.
Nov 18 - 9:18 AM

Royce Freeman (ankle) will play Week 11 against the Chargers.

He's back after missing the previous two games with a high-ankle sprain. Freeman has spent most of the season working in a timeshare with fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay. That should remain the case Sunday in L.A.
Nov 16 - 2:03 PM

Broncos LG Max Garcia suffered a torn ACL at Thursday's practice and is done for the season.

Garica took every rep at Thursday's practice but felt some discomfort and scans revealed the devastating injury. Garcia was filling in for Ronald Leary, who tore his Achille's in Week 6. Already without C Matt Paradis (leg, I.R.), this Denver offensive line is in shambles as LT Garett Bolles has been a first-round whiff to this point. Billy Turner is expected to take over at left guard.
Nov 16 - 12:33 PM

Royce Freeman (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

This was expected after Freeman got in a limited practice before Week 9. Freeman should be over the high-ankle sprain that cost him two games coming off Denver's bye. Barring a setback, he'll return to a committee role with Phillip Lindsay for Sunday's matchup against the Chargers.
Nov 14 - 2:07 PM

The Broncos expect Royce Freeman (ankle) back for Week 11 against the Chargers.

Dealing with a high ankle sprain, Freeman has been out since Week 7. He will return to a committee alongside Phillip Lindsay and Devontae Booker. Freeman was a touchdown-or-bust flex option early in the season, and we wouldn't expect that to change in the back half. Lindsay has outplayed him all year.
Nov 12 - 3:52 PM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph hopes to get Royce Freeman (ankle) back after the Week 10 bye.

This was always the most likely scenario after Freeman went down in Week 7. Freeman got in a limited practice last Friday but was held out for the second straight week. Barring setbacks, he looks on track to return after Denver's bye.
Nov 7 - 3:14 PM

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