Player News - Broncos

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Trevor Siemian (shoulder) is practicing in full for Week 7.

Siemian will be out there against the Chargers. With Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) sidelined, Siemian isn't set up well for a QB2 day.
Oct 19 - 5:42 PM

Demaryius Thomas (calf) returned to Broncos practice Thursday.

Thomas is fully expected to suit up against the Chargers. He'll be in for a bigger workload than usual with Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) out. Even with Casey Hayward looming, Thomas is in the WR1 mix.
Oct 19 - 2:35 PM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Jamaal Charles will "get more and more touches."

"That’s always the plan with Jamaal as we go forward in the season," Joseph added. His workload has actually gone the other way recently, with Charles recording just six touches in each of the last two games, and the Broncos have not really shown any sign of increasing his snap share. Perhaps that will change, but for now he is just a bench stash.
Source: 9 News
Oct 19 - 9:00 AM

Demaryius Thomas (leg) is not practicing Wednesday.

He's dealing with a lower calf bruise. It was likely more of a rest day for Thomas, who is fully expected to play Sunday against the Chargers. With no Emmanuel Sanders (ankle), Thomas should dominate targets.
Oct 18 - 2:32 PM

Bennie Fowler is expected to slide in as the Broncos' No. 2 receiver with Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) out for Week 7 against the Chargers.

Fowler caught a pair of touchdowns in a fluky Week 1 against the Chargers but has been pretty nonexistent since then despite being the Broncos' No. 3 receiver. Fowler will likely move into the slot in three-wide sets when Jordan Taylor enters the game. At 6'1/212, Fowler has good size and saw eight targets last week, turning them into a 3-21 line. He's on the WR3/4 map for Week 7.
Oct 18 - 12:24 PM

Broncos signed WR Hunter Sharp off their practice squad.

With Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Isaiah McKenzie both having ankle injuries and set to miss Week 7 against the Chargers, Sharp gets the call-up to fill in behind Demaryius Thomas, Bennie Fowler, Jordan Taylor, and Cody Latimer. Sharp is a second-year UDFA out of Utah State who ran 4.58 at 6'/198.
Oct 18 - 10:29 AM

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


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