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Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice. He's on track to play against the Chiefs on Thursday night after leaving last week's game early. Sanders will be a WR3 with upside in what should be a high-scoring game.

NFL Network's James Palmer reports that Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders' knee injury "doesn’t appear to be at all serious." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's "optimism" that Sanders will be available for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs. We'll keep a close eye on him over the next few days.

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders is out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Titans with a knee injury. We'll look for an update on the severity.

Broncos LB Josey Jewell got no injury status on the week's final report, which means his injured hamstring is ready for game action. HC Vic Fangio said Friday, though, that Jewell "may not" start against the Titans, according to the team website. Will he at least rotate in, though? "Possibly," Fangio said. "Depends how the game goes." Alexander Johnson started in Jewell's place last week and delivered 8 tackles, an INT and a pass breakup. It sounds as though the coach liked what he saw in Johnson. The lack of clarity means we can't use either LB in most IDP cases. We'll see what Week 6 reveals.

Broncos LB Josey Jewell (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Chargers. S Kareem Jackson (hamstring) is active after entering the day questionable.

Broncos OLB Bradley Chubb suffered an ACL tear in Sunday's game against the Jaguars and is done for the season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That takes a key sack producer away from a defense that rebounded from 0 through the 1st 3 games to tally 5 against Jacksonville. We'll see about Chubb's progress through the offseason.

Broncos LB Josey Jewell (hamstring) and DE Derek Wolfe (ankle) are active for today's game against the Jaguars. Neither is a high-level IDP play. We'll see about Jewell's playing time in the 2nd game back for fellow ILB Todd Davis. S Kareem Jackson (hamstring) is inactive.

The forecast for today's Jaguars-Broncos game calls for sustained winds around 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. That's more than enough to impact the passing and kicking games. No one expected this to be a fantasy bonanza anyways. You can stick with RBs Leonard Fournette, Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, but we'd try to avoid the QBs, WRs and Ks in this game.

Broncos LB Josey Jewell is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He returned to a limited practice Friday after missing the 1st 2 days with a hamstring injury that knocked him out of Week 3 a little early. We'd try not to use Jewell even if he's active Sunday. Denver also deemed S Kareem Jackson questionable after he missed the entire practice week with a hamstring issue. DE Derek Wolfe, meanwhile, is questionable with an ankle injury.

Broncos LB Todd Davis is active for today's game against the Packers. He missed the 1st 2 games with the calf injury that cost him nearly the whole summer. That makes Davis a risky IDP option for his 1st week back. We'll be quite curious to see his playing time, though, and whether Davis' return affects Josey Jewell's playing time.

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (ribs) isn't listed on the final Week 3 injury report. He was sidelined on Thursday but returned to practice on Friday. The rib issue isn't a real concern, but a tough matchup with the Packers leaves Sutton as just a WR4.

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton was held out of Thursday's practice with "sore ribs," according to the Denver Post's Mike Klis. Sutton wasn't listed on the injury report Wednesday, so it's a new issue. We'll see if he's able to get back out there on Friday, but Sutton isn't a strong Week 3 fantasy play anyway vs. a much-improved Packers defense.

Broncos LB Todd Davis (calf) and CB Bryce Callahan (foot) are inactive for today's game against the Bears.

Broncos LB Todd Davis is questionable for Sunday's game agains the Bears. He put in limited practices all week after missing Week 1 with the calf injury that kept him out all summer. We'll see about Davis' status Sunday afternoon, but IDP owners shouldn't plan on using him in most cases.

Broncos LB Todd Davis is doubtful for Monday night's game against the Raiders. Davis missed nearly all of training camp and the preseason with a calf injury that continued to keep him out of practice over the past week. His absence hurts a thin Denver LB depth chart but boosts the IDP upside of fellow ILB starter Josey Jewell. Elsewhere on the defense, slot CB Bryce Callahan is questionable with a foot injury that limited his practice participation all week. That's good news for Raiders rookie slot WR Hunter Renfrow, who sports some deep PPR upside.

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Broncos RB Theo Riddick (shoulder) has been placed on IR. That knocks him out for at least the first 8 games. Riddick shouldn't be part of your redraft plans. Devontae Booker will hang around as Denver's #3 RB for at least the 1st half of the season.

Broncos LB Todd Davis expects to be ready for the regular-season opener next Monday night, NFL Network's James Palmer reports. Davis has been out of practice since suffering a calf injury on the 1st day of training camp. We wouldn't plan to use him in IDP lineups for that 1st game against the Raiders. But Davis cracked the top 20 among fantasy LBs last season and is worth rostering in leagues of at least moderate depth.

Broncos HC Vic Fangio expects TE Noah Fant to be ready for Week 1 after spraining his ankle in Monday night's preseason game. The rookie was targeted on 3 of QB Joe Flacco's 11 attempts in that one, catching 2 for 7 yards. If healthy, Fant looks set to open the season with a significant role in this passing game. He's on the TE2 radar.

Broncos QB Drew Lock suffered a "bad sprain" to his right thumb in Monday night's preseason game against the 49ers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Lock doesn't need surgery, but he's expected to be sidelined into the regular season, reports insider Mike Klis. Lock wasn't threatening QB Joe Flacco's starting job anyway, and this injury kills any chance he had to hit the field early this year.

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders took the field for Monday night's preseason game for the 1st time since last December's torn Achilles. And he looked like Emmanuel Sanders. He caught a quick pass on Denver's 1st offensive snap and later took this end-around for a nice 19-yard gain. Sanders also had a 45-yard reception negated by a holding penalty. "To be able to come back and feel how I feel and feel better, still be able to hang out with these 24-year-old kids and still be able to run with them, it's amazing," he said afterward. Clearly on track for Week 1 and looking completely recovered from that Achilles injury, Sanders is the best fantasy bet among Broncos WRs. Remember that he was sitting 15th among WRs in PPR points before last year's injury. We just bumped Sanders up the WR rankings.

 
 
 

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