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WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

5-11, 180Born: 3-16-1987College: Southern MethodistDrafted: Round 3

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Emmanuel Sanders suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 9, and missed Week 11 after attempting to play through the injury. He has had limited practices, but his Week 12 status in unknown.

Sanders will be part of punt returns according to coach Gary Kubiak.

He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 23): Sanders was limited in practices on Thursday and Friay last week due to his injured ankle and injured finger, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): It looked like Sanders would be good to go for Week 11, but his appearance in warmups made the team bench him. It's fair to ask if Sanders is going to get back to 100% this year, or if it will matter in a Gary Kubiak that downplays the second wide receiver.

General News (Fri Nov 27): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

General News (Fri Nov 27): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Nov 25): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

General News (Tue Nov 24): is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Sanders hopes to play in Week 12, and added that Monday, Nov. 23, was the first day he didn't limp since suffering the injury. Sanders will be evaluated Wednesday, Nov. 25, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

Week 12: vs New England Patriots

All WR vs NE

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Brock Osweiler won his first start 17-15 and looked comfortable in Gary Kubiak's offense while he did so, posting 20/27 for 250 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown. He linked up with Demaryius Thomas early on (eight targets for 3/59/1 receiving) and found Cody Latimer later in the game (three targets for 2/22/1) - even in Emmanuel Sanders' absence (high-ankle sprain), Osweiler found ways to keep the ball moving downfield. We'll see if he can build on the momentum here in Week 12. The Patriots' pass D is ranked 21st in the NFL averaging 252.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 pass scores given out vs. nine interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and 32 sacks generated (second). Osweiler was sacked five times for -31 yards last week - the Patriots will bring the heat to bear here in Week 12, you can be sure. Over the past four weeks (four games), this team has allowed the fifth-least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (16.4 on average); is sixth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (5.1); however, they have given up the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers (22.9). Last week a banged-up Tyrod Taylor could only muster 20/36 for 225 net passing yards with zero TDs or interceptions against the Patriots. The Patriots' pass D has been up and down during the season - this looks like a neutral matchup for Osweiler at home in Mile High Stadium.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs GB 58 0 0 0 5 2 22 0 0 2.2
9 at IND 43 0 0 0 11 6 90 1 0 15
10 vs KC 23 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
12 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
12 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 10 vs KC (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Entering the day questionable to play, Sanders managed to work his way onto the field against the Kansas City Chiefs, but not into the stat sheet. Seemingly still hampered by his injury, Sanders had a target on 3rd-and-8 thrown slightly behind him, and he was unable to adjust for a stellar catch. Sanders was also targeted on one of Manning's interceptions, but a Chiefs defender surreptitiously pushed off as he was coming out of his break, causing Sanders to lose his footing and leaving the defender open for an uncontested interception. Sanders finally seemed to have a highlight play on his final target of the game, hauling in a great catch on the sidelines, but an oncoming defender hit him in the helmet, causing Sanders to lose the football, and perhaps even consciousness; Sanders was evaluated for a concussion afterwards and never returned to the game.

2015 Week 9 vs IND (11 / 6 / 90 / 1 rec)

After a week in which he saw little usage, Denver's gameplan against the Indianapolis Colts called for a heavy dose of Emmanuel Sanders. Unfortunately, his performance fell short of his usual standards. Sanders was injured on Denver's first play of the game, and it seemed to affect him the rest of the game as he dropped a trio of tough catches that he's made a name for himself by making. He did make a tough catch at the sideline to convert a 3rd-and-long, and managed to race away from the defense after another 3rd-and-long crossing route for a 64-yard touchdown. Despite the raw totals, though, good plays were sparser than usual for the man who has been the most consistent Bronco since joining the team in 2014.

2015 Week 8 vs GB (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

With a gameplan that called for a heavy dose of runs and crossing routes by Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders received just five targets against the Green Bay Packers and was only a marginal part of the game plan. Sanders caught two of the targets for 22 yards, and was largely unnoticed. Better matchups loom, and better days are certainly in Sanders' future.

2015 Week 6 vs CLE (12 / 4 / 109 / 1 rec)

Emmanuel Sanders remains one of Peyton Manning's favorite and most-targeted players, but hasn't been able to recapture his magic from 2014 when he hauled in seemingly every possible pass. Against the Cleveland Browns, he had several chances to make a highlight-reel play that came up just short, such as a deep end-zone shot on 3rd-and-2 from the 21 that Sanders lunged for, bobbled, and couldn't bring in. The biggest play, though, came with regulation expiring. With Denver driving for the game-winning field goal, Manning hit Sanders deep down the sidelines to get the Broncos into field goal range. Sanders may or may not have been touched down by a defender, but rather than giving up and taking the field goal, Sanders ran towards the end zone as the clock expired. Initially ruled down by contact, on review the play was overturned and ruled incomplete, saving Sanders from potential goat status. Mixed in among the almosts and not-quites, though, Sanders did produce perhaps the lone bright spot of the afternoon for Denver's offense, beating his defender down the sideline, catching a 20-yard pass as the defender went for the ball, then accelerating away for a 75-yard touchdown-- Denver's lone offensive score of the day.

2015 Week 5 vs OAK (12 / 9 / 111 / 0 rec)

Emmanuel Sanders had a busy afternoon against the Raiders, leading the Broncos in targets, receptions, and offensive yards. Sanders caught 9 of his 11 targets, and one of the incompletions was nearly a highlight-reel catch as Sanders laid out for a deep bomb and had it glance off his hands. Oddly, after being the biggest piece of Denver's offense through the first three quarters, Sanders was not targeted in the fourth. Still, this seems to be an aberration and the lone blemish on an otherwise productive day.

2015 Week 4 vs MIN (6 / 3 / 68 / 0 rec)

In an uncommon turn of events, Denver's passing offense barely looked Emmanuel Sanders' way in the first half against the Vikings as he failed to gain a single yard. He got his hands on the ball just five times in the half-- three times fair-catching punts, once on a 3rd-and-4 conversion that was called back due to an illegal formation, and once on a deep pass that he couldn't come down with; at full extension, it would have been a difficult catch, but we've certainly seen him make tougher. Denver and Sanders seemed intent on remedying that lack quickly in the second half, as Sanders hauled in a deep pass down the left sideline and raced for 43 yards before getting dragged down, setting Denver up with first-and-goal. Other than yet another 3rd-down conversion, (this time an 8-yard gain on 3rd-and-2), that was pretty much Sanders' day. The lack of targets was likely just a fluke; bigger games remain clearly in his future.

2015 Week 3 vs DET (9 / 6 / 87 / 0 rec)

Emmanuel Sanders was once again Mr. Consistency for Peyton Manning and the Broncos against the Detroit Lions. He converted yet another third down for the team with a 16-yard grab on 3rd-and-13, and would have followed that shortly after with another 3rd-down conversion had another Denver receiver not stepped in front of him and impeded his path to the ball. Sanders also matched Thomas' phenomenal 4th-and-1 catch with a key grab of his own, stealing a 34-yard pass out of the hands of a waiting defender to put Denver in the red zone on their final drive as they tacked another touchdown onto their lead.

2015 Week 2 vs KC (14 / 8 / 87 / 2 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

For the second consecutive week, Emmanuel Sanders was the best offensive player on the field for the Denver Broncos. He continues to be a one-man drive-sustainer; Denver converted six 3rd-down attempts against Kansas City, and Sanders accounted for five of them, including both of his touchdowns. In fact, until a Demaryius Thomas catch with a minute and a half left, Sanders was the only Bronco to extend a drive on 3rd down. For the season, Denver has converted fifteen times on 3rd down, and Sanders has been responsible for eleven of them, (compared to three for Demaryius Thomas and one for C.J. Anderson). Whenever Manning has needed someone to make a play, he has looked Sanders' way. To his credit, Sanders has usually delivered; his numbers would look even better still were it not for several more overthrows on plays where Sanders had his man beat deep.

2015 Week 1 vs BAL (12 / 8 / 65 / 0 rec)

Emmanuel Sanders might have missed the preseason with a lingering hamstring injury, but he was perhaps the only offensive player for Denver who did not look rusty against the Ravens. Picking up where he left off after a phenomenal 2014, Sanders was virtually uncoverable and was clearly Manning's go-to in high leverage situation. For the game, Sanders was responsible for six of Denver's nine third-down conversions, (five via reception, one via defensive holding penalty). He could have had an even better game, as he had beat his defender and was open deep three times only to see Manning overthrow him.


Latest News

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders, Owen Daniels probable (Fri Nov 27, 07:13 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger) and TE Owen Daniels (knee) both practiced in full Friday, Nov. 27, and are probable against the New England Patriots in Week 12.

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders limited Thursday (Thu Nov 26, 02:15 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Our View: We're not expecting Sanders to play this weekend and if he does, we see no more than WR4 production coming in the game against the New England Patriots.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders limited (Wed Nov 25, 03:39 PM) - Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Our View: A high-ankle sprain is difficult to deal with. If Sanders plays against the Patriots, we can only recommend him as a flex play in Week 12.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders practicing (Wed Nov 25, 02:21 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is practicing Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders has high-ankle sprain (Mon Nov 23, 04:49 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Sanders hopes to play in Week 12, and added that Monday, Nov. 23, was the first day he didn't limp since suffering the injury. Sanders will be evaluated Wednesday, Nov. 25, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

Our View: High-ankle sprains can linger if not given enough time to heal. The Broncos are taking it easy on Sanders with the idea that he can perhaps be available against the Patriots in Week 12. If Sanders doesn't play, then we'd see more from Cody Latimer again.
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