Sanders (ankle) has resumed running and is nearing a full recovery, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "It's going well, my ankle is recovering," Sanders said. "Right now, I feel like I'm 95 percent." Sanders sustained a "major" sprained ankle and tibia contusion in Week 5 against the Giants and his recovery has been complicated by swelling, a limited range of motion and diminished strength, according to the doctor in charge of his rehabilitation. However, barring any setbacks, it sounds like he could be recovered in time for OTAs in late April or early May.
Sanders caught 47 of 94 passes for 555 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. A bum ankle suffered in Week 5 limited Sanders to 12 games in 2017, and his general effectiveness when he was playing. Sanders, when healthy, has been arguably Denver's most dangerous target over the past two or three seasons and his hobbling 137-yard effort against the Patriots in Week 10 is a testament to his toughness. Sanders, like many of the Broncos' veterans, will be the subject of speculation this offseason, but his quality play when healthy and the fact that the team would only save $5.6 million by cutting him and lose $5.4 million makes it unlikely that the team can find somebody better for the money. Sanders, like every skill position player in Denver, will see his value spike or continue downward depending on whether the Broncos find an answer at quarterback in free agency and/or with the No. 5 pick in the draft.
Sanders (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Andrew Mason of the Broncos' official site reports. The same applies to Cody Latimer (thigh), and as a result Bennie Fowler, Jordan Taylor and Isaiah McKenzie are all candidates to see added Week 17 work behind Denver's top wideout, Demaryius Thomas.
Sanders (ankle) wasn't present for practice Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph noted Tuesday that Sanders, who continues to deal with ankle soreness, is day-to-day, with the wideout's status for the Broncos' regular-season finale against the Chiefs not yet decided. However, the 5-10 Broncos have nothing concrete to play for Sunday, so the team has little incentive to push Sanders to suit up.
Sanders (ankle) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game at Washington. The same applies to fellow wideout Cody Latimer (thigh) , with neither player having made the trip to Washington with the team. With the duo unavailable, Demaryius Thomas will continue to head the Broncos wideout corps in Week 16, with added opportunities presumably on tap for Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor.
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