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Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (leg) did not practice on Wednesday. He played through the issue on Sunday night but was noticeably hobbled. Thomas figures to play against the Chargers this weekend, but we'll continue to keep a close eye on his health.

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) will miss "at least" Sunday's game against the Chargers, according to insider Mike Klis. Sanders' status beyond that remains uncertain. Denver, of course, just had its bye in Week 5, so Sanders won't catch a break there. He's worth hanging on to in fantasy leagues, but you might be without him for multiple weeks.

Broncos HC Vance Joseph said after Sunday night's loss to the Giants that x-rays came back clean on WR Emmanuel Sanders' ankle. That rules out the type of injury that ended Odell Beckham's season. Of course, Sanders still seems likely to miss time. Exactly how much depends on the severity of his ankle sprain. We should get another update this afternoon.

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders injured his right ankle in the 3rd quarter of Sunday night's game vs. the Giants. He was in obvious pain, had to be helped off the field and then carted back to the locker room. The team quickly ruled Sanders out for the rest of the game. We'll pass along an update on the injury when we get one.

Broncos S Darian Stewart (groin) is active for today's game against the Cowboys after entering the day questionable. He's not much of an IDP option.

Broncos RB Devontae Booker practiced on Wednesday for the 1st time since undergoing wrist surgery in late July. It's unclear if he'll play against the Cowboys this weekend. When he does return, he figures to be 3rd on the depth chart behind C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles. Booker is worth monitoring but not worth rostering outside of super-deep fantasy leagues.

Update: HC Vance Joseph said after practice that Booker won't play on Sunday. He's likely targeting a Week 3 return.

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) has been practicing in full this week and is good to go for Monday night’s opener. He’s a borderline WR1 against a Chargers team he’s caught 5+ balls against in 6 straight meetings.

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (groin) practiced on Wednesday, according to the Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala. The groin injury Thomas suffered in the 3rd preseason game never seemed serious, and he's on track to play against the Chargers on Monday night. He'll be a strong WR2 for that one.

The Broncos have signed RB Jonathan Williams to their practice squad. The 2nd-year back was surprisingly cut by the Bills over the weekend and then went unclaimed on waivers. Williams looked good all preseason, averaging 5.8 yards per carry, and remains an intriguing prospect. He has major depth-chart climbing to do in Denver, but there's opportunity in an unsettled backfield. We'll continue to keep an eye on him.

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The Broncos have placed OLB Shane Ray on IR as he recovers from a torn wrist ligament. The move corresponded with QB Brock Osweiler signing and will keep Ray out for at least half the season. He seemed to be on track to return earlier than that at the time of the injury and surgery but is now totally off the IDP draft radar.

The Bills surprisingly cut RB Jonathan Williams on Sunday. The 2nd-year back enjoyed a good preseason and looked like the #2 RB behind LeSean McCoy. We can't help but wonder if there are off-field issues at play here. He had a DWI arrest in June but didn't face any discipline, and we haven't heard of any further issues. The move leaves Joe Banyard, Taiwan Jones and Mike Tolbert behind McCoy in an offense that seems to look worse by the day. If you're drafting today and happen to land McCoy, don't bother reaching for any handcuff. We'd bet on Williams being quickly picked up by another team -- unless there's something else below the surface here.

The Broncos have signed QB Brock Osweiler. It's a homecoming after he began his career in Denver. There's a new HC and OC since he left after the 2015 season, though. Osweiler will back up QB Trevor Siemian at least until QB Paxton Lynch (shoulder) is available.

The Broncos have placed WR Carlos Henderson (thumb) on IR. He tore a ligament in his thumb in mid-August and simply wasn't ready to contribute this year. Henderson remains a nice dynasty stash. Bennie Fowler looks like Denver's #3 WR to open the season, but Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will dominate targets.

The Broncos on Saturday released S T.J. Ward. The move has been rumored in recent weeks and saves the team his $4.5 million salary for the season. We'll see whether Denver tries to re-sign the veteran at a discounted rate. But the move could also indicate that the Broncos are ready to let Justin Simmons start in his place.

The Browns have released QB Brock Osweiler. He supposedly made a push for the starting job in August, but this was always the most likely scenario. Osweiler will latch on elsewhere as a backup. In Cleveland, meanwhile, Cody Kessler will back up rookie DeShone Kizer.

Broncos QB Paxton Lynch will miss "at least a few weeks" with a sprained shoulder suffered in Saturday's preseason game, according to insider Mike Klis. Lynch doesn't need surgery. He'd already lost the starting job to Trevor Siemian, so there's no fantasy impact here.

NFL Network's Jesse Palmer reports there's "no concern" about the groin injury that forced Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas from Saturday night's preseason game. "More precautionary than anything," Palmer adds. We'll keep an eye on Thomas going forward, but he sounds safe to continue drafting as a rock steady WR2.

Broncos QB Paxton Lynch left Saturday night's game against the Packers with a right shoulder injury. HC Vance Joseph said afterward that it was merely a bruise, though. Lynch, of course, had already lost the starting job to Trevor Siemian. So this situation shouldn't impact the Broncos or fantasy. It might affect his availability for the 4th preseason game, though.

Broncos RB Jamaal Charles flashed some vintage burst in his preseason debut on Saturday night. He rushed 4 times for 27 yards, including a 12-yard jaunt. Charles also caught 2 balls for 15 yards. All 6 of his touches came with QB Trevor Siemian and the starting offense, as Charles rotated with RB C.J. Anderson. RB De'Angelo Henderson played strictly with the 2nd-team. HC Vance Joseph said after the game that Charles' performance won him a spot on the team's 53-man roster. Frankly, it looks like he'll enter the season with a real role behind Anderson. Who knows how long Charles' body will hold up, but he's now an intriguing flier in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts.

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas left Saturday's game against the Packers with a groin injury. The team ruled him out for the rest of the game, though Thomas didn't seem to be getting a ton of trainer attention on the sideline. We'll keep an eye out for an official diagnosis and/or further details.

 
 
 

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