Broncos injury news: Emmanuel Sanders expected to play


According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders is expected to play (ankle/finger injuries) against the Chicago Bears. Bears WR Alshon Jeffery is not.

Of course, the last time a receiver was not expected to play against the Broncos (Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton) it didn’t work out well in the Broncos’ favor, and Hilton played anyway.

This is a pretty big bit of news for the Broncos, and more specifically, for quarterback Brock Osweiler. In essential mop up duty of the mess Peyton Manning made against the Chiefs last week, Osweiler didn’t get to throw the ball to Emmanuel Sanders at all, because Sanders got absolutely lit up on a pass from Manning just before Peyton was pulled.

Shockingly, there was no penalty for the hit.

The Broncos and the Bears are facing off today in what is probably one of the more overrated storylines of the year, but an important one to both fan bases. Broncos fans want to take down the coach that couldn’t put them over the top, that seemingly minimized great talent in the biggest moments.

The Bears and their fans want to show the Broncos what they are missing, not only in head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase, but in quarterback Jay Cutler, the man who was traded away by Josh McDaniels all the way back in 2009.

With Emmanuel Sanders in the lineup, the vertical passing game of the Broncos is further fortified, but he’ll have to be monitored. His ankle injury has been nagging seemingly all season long, so the Broncos might keep him on something of a pitch count.