Broncos QB Drew Lock (thumb) is expected to be activated from the IR, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie has taken the majority of the 1st-team reps in practice this week and seems to be in line to make his debut against the Chargers on Sunday. Lock struggled to a 60.8% completion rate and 5.0 yards per attempt this preseason. Pro Football Focus ranked him 35th in their preseason passing grades among 39 qualifying QBs. Lock is a bottom-barrel QB2 for Week 13. We'll see if he's an upgrade over QB Brandon Allen for Denver's pass-catchers.
Broncos WR Tim Patrick (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Bills. He played through the shoulder injury last week, so we’re not expecting it to be a problem today. He’s a WR4 or DFS flier after tallying 8 targets last week.
The Broncos expect WR Tim Patrick (shoulder) to play against the Bills today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Patrick played 72% of the snaps last week and drew 8 targets in his 1st game since Week 1. He could be in for sneaky volume again today with Buffalo CB Tre'Davious White likely shadowing Courtland Sutton.
Broncos WR Tim Patrick (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Bills. He played through this injury last week and got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, so we’re expecting him to suit up for this one. Patrick garnered 8 targets in his return last week. But at less than 100% and in a tough matchup, he's really just a cheap DFS flier.
The Broncos have placed WR Emmanuel Sanders on IR after an MRI confirmed a torn left Achilles. It's a massive loss for a team with playoff aspirations. Sanders leads Denver in all major receiving categories, accounting for 23.7% of the team's targets, 27.5% of the catches, 29.0% of the receiving yards and 26.7% of the receiving TDs. Sanders' target share rose to 28.6% without Demaryius Thomas over the past 4 games. So there's a lot of meat on the bone for WRs Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick to pick. Sutton is easily the best target bet going forward and looks like a weekly WR3 with upside the rest of the way. Hamilton is worth adding in deeper leagues -- although it's getting late in the season to be rolling the dice on a guy like him.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders injured his left leg in Wednesday's practice. "Not putting any weight on his left leg. Not good," The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala tweeted. We'll update Sanders' status when we learn more, but he obviously appears to be in danger of missing this weekend's game against the 49ers. His absence would leave Courtland Sutton as Denver's #1 WR, with DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick behind him on the depth chart.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the team believes Sanders tore his Achilles. That'd be a season-ending injury. We'll look for confirmation.