Denver Broncos

Stadium: Sports Authority Field | Coach: Vance Joseph
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense27th92.8 (27th)230.3 (21st)
Defense4th130.3 (28th)185.8 (1st)
Injuries
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
03/06/17RBC.J. AndersonKneeQUESTIONABLEThe Broncos have committed nearly $24 million in guarantees to free agent offensive linemen Ronald Leary and Menelik Watson, 9News Denver reports, with both moves potentially paying dividends in the way of rushing lanes for Anderson this coming season.

Much has already been made of Denver's decision to move away from Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking attack this season, with new head coach Vance Joseph's confirming that the team will instead employ a mix of gap and zone schemes. The real issue last season was mediocre talent along the offensive line, with Denver's front ranking as the sixth worst in the NFL in terms of yards before contact, according to Pro Football Focus. Leary, who played left guard in Dallas, should join center Matt Paradis and guard Max Garcia, PFF's highest-ranked Broncos linemen in 2016, to form a quality interior line. Expect Watson, whose athleticism earned him a 2013 second-round selection, to be a part of the open competition at both left and right tackle, provided his injury woes don't follow him from Oakland. With further upgrades likely coming in the draft, Denver's line should give Anderson more room to work with in 2017.

(Updated 03/15/2017)
01/25/17WRMarlon BrownUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEThe Broncos placed Brown (undisclosed) on injured reserve Saturday.

The details surrounding Brown's injury haven't been disclosed. The towering wideout previously spent training camp with the Broncos, and while he impressed in his limited time, was ultimately waived due to a back injury prior to the season opener. He then resurfaced in Denver weeks ago, but never made any sort of on-field contribution. His release allowed the team to add more depth at linebacker with Brandon Marshall (hamstring) on the shelf.

(Updated 12/10/2016)
01/25/17RBAndy JanovichAnkleQUESTIONABLEHead coach Gary Kubiak said Janovich (ankle) will be placed on injured reserve this week.

Janovich sustained a season-ending ankle injury in Sunday's game against the Chiefs that required surgery Wednesday. Kubiak said RB/FB Juwan Thompson will be the next man up.

(Updated 11/30/2016)
01/25/17DLVance WalkerKneeQUESTIONABLEWalker has an ACL injury that will cause him to miss the entire 2016 season, Mike Klis of The Denver Post reports.

Walker was carted off the field during Monday's practice, and an MRI confirmed the worst case scenario. The veteran defensive lineman was projected to backup Derek Wolfe on the left side of the line this season. Calvin Heurtelou now figures to slide into that role.

(Updated 08/15/2016)
01/03/17QBTrevor SiemianShoulderQUESTIONABLEBroncos coach Vance Joseph said Wednesday that Siemian (shoulder) is on track to return for OTAs, Troy Renck of The Denver Post reports.

After winning the starting quarterback job to open 2016, Siemian played capably in the early stages of the season, but saw his production wane upon separating his left shoulder in October. Though he only ended up missing one game due to the shoulder issue, he required a minor procedure in January to address the issue, which left his availability for offseason activities on uncertain ground. Joseph's comments seem to suggest that Siemian is progressing as expected, and the organization seems to remain committed to the 25-year-old, at least in their interactions with the media. Despite Siemian's uneven play last season, Joseph said the Broncos are comfortable with Siemian and Paxton Lynch as the team's quarterbacks, perhaps taking them out of the running for one of the several veteran signal callers around the league who are expected to be available via trade or free agency in the offseason. Even if the Broncos don't bring in any outside competition for training camp, Siemian will likely still have to battle Lynch for the starting job heading into 2017.

(Updated 03/01/2017)
01/02/17LBZaire AndersonNeckQUESTIONABLEAnderson injured his neck during the Broncos' season finale against the Raiders, ESPN reports.

Anderson went down on punt coverage and was taken off the field strapped down on a backboard. It isn't clear if he sustained a serious injury.

(Updated 01/01/2017)
01/02/17TEA.J. DerbyConcussionQUESTIONABLEDerby (concussion) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Oakland.

Derby will be missing his second consecutive game due to a concussion. With Virgil Green (concussion) also in danger of sitting Sunday, Jeff Heuerman could be Denver's top option at tight end.

(Updated 12/30/2016)
01/02/17LBBrandon MarshallHamstringQUESTIONABLEMarshall (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Marshall joins fellow key defenders T.J. Ward and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe on the inactive list in Sunday's season finale. The linebacker finishes the 2016 campaign with 52 tackles in 11 games.

(Updated 01/01/2017)
01/02/17DBT.J. WardConcussionQUESTIONABLEWard (concussion) won't play in Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Ward missed last week's game due his concussion and has yet to return to practice. Will Parks is expected to start in Ward's place once again.

(Updated 12/30/2016)
01/02/17DLDerek WolfeNeckQUESTIONABLEWolfe (neck) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Wolfe injured his neck in last week's loss to Kansas City and hasn't practiced since. Adam Gotsis will likely see some extra snaps as the only backup to starting defensive ends Jared Crick and Billy Winn.

(Updated 12/30/2016)
01/01/17WREmmanuel SandersFootQUESTIONABLESanders (foot) caught 79 passes (on 139 targets) for 1,032 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games played this season.

Sanders was forced into exit early from Denver's season finale due a foot injury, but that only came after he put together a third straight 1,000-yard season since joining the Broncos. Despite dealing with the respective growing pains of quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, Sanders' 79 catches and 139 targets both marked the second-most over his seven-year career. Coming off a three-year, $33 million extension signed in September, the veteran has also now scored at least five touchdowns in four consecutive campaigns. With former Chargers coach Mike McCoy slated to become the Broncos offensive coordinator, Sanders could benefit from an attacking scheme build around the team's playmakers, The Denver Post reports, particularly if the team's quarterback play improves in 2017.

(Updated 01/13/2017)
 

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