Brandon McManus - PKPosted 8/26/14 8:21pm ET
New York Giants PK Brandon McManus was traded to the Denver Broncos Tuesday, Aug. 26, in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. The Broncos then waived rookie PK Mitch Ewald.
Huddle Up: McManus, who gave Josh Brown a strong run for the Giants' starting job, will handle the PK duties for the Broncos while Matt Prater is suspended for the first four games, and will certainly be a draftable commodity given the Broncos' high-scoring offense. McManus has made all 3 of his career preseason FG attempts -- each from 46 yards or longer.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/26/14 8:39pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) is still not at 100 percent in his recovery from an injured right quadriceps. Sanders takes breaks during practice to avoid aggravating the injury.
Huddle Up: Sanders looked more than OK Saturday night, hauling in 5 passes for 128 yards and 2 TDs in essentially what was his preseason debut, and he'll have an extra week to get ready for Week 1 with most of the Broncos' regulars not expected to play in the preseason finale.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 8/25/14 12:36am ET
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has a good chance to play in Week 1, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post. Welker suffered a concussion in the team's third preseason game, but his 'concussion helmet' helped absorb the blow.
Huddle Up: Some optimistic news for Welker owners, but the overriding concern is that the WR is simply prone to too many hard hits and possible concussions given his size and fearless play in the midst of midfield traffic.
Matt Prater - PKPosted 8/24/14 10:25am ET
NFL suspended Broncos K Matt Prater four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. According to the Denver Post, the violation was "alcohol-related." Prater has been in the league's alcohol program since August 2011, when he was charged with DUI. The 4 game suspension was part of an agreement reached between Prater's attorney and the league, so an appeal is not expected. The NFL had initially threatened a one-year suspension.
Huddle Up: For those that still take kickers before the last round, you can scratch one of those worthy of that pick off your list. In fact, Prater may need to be dropped from your draft board all together. Prater's backup is undrafted rookie Mitch Ewald, but the Broncos will likely search for a veteran to pick up once teams make final cuts. Prater is eligible to return in Week 6, as the Broncos are on bye in Week 4.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 8/24/14 12:53pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker suffered a concussion in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, according to head coach John Fox. After making a catch across the middle late in the first half, Welker took a shoulder to the helmet and then his head hit the ground. He immediately came out of the contest and headed into the lockerroom and was later diagnosed with his third concussion in less than a year.
Huddle Up: Welker missed 3 games due to a pair of concussions last season, and with his small stature and fearless work between the numbers he is at constant risk. Not only is his short-term availability in question, but his future in the game is in doubt, and he needs to be moved down all draft boards, while the likes of Emmanuel Sanders, Andree Caldwell and rookie Cody Latimer all deserve corresponding upticks.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/22/14 2:11pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) had a full practice Thursday, Aug. 21, and he could play in his first preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Sanders, with a current ADP of 32 among WRs, is going to need to play Sat. and get his in-game timing in sync with Peyton and Co. if he's going to approach his fantasy expectations this season.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/21/14 12:07am ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) was involved in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, but he is not working in 'live' setting yet. Head coach John Fox would not rule out Sanders' return from a quadriceps injury in time for the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Sanders should be ready for the season opener which is the most important thing to fantasy owners. Sanders won't put up the kind of productions Eric Decker did and is being overvalued right now with an ADP of Round 6.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 8/21/14 3:41pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: Welker was excused for an undisclosed reason Wednesday, and that's likely the case again today, but inquiring fantasy minds would like to know what's up. Stay tuned ...
Jordan Norwood - WRPosted 8/20/14 5:26pm ET
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Jordan Norwood (knee) suffered a torn acute cruciate ligament in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Rugged break for the young wideout who was having a strong preseason and was in line to make the team as a return man/fifth or sixth WR. Andre Caldwell and/or Isaiah Burse now stand better chances to survive the final cut.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 8/20/14 11:11pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) continues to do more work in practice each day, but most of his work continues to be outside of the team structure. However, he was wearing pads and working individually with QB Peyton Manning Wednesday, Aug. 20, and his workload is scheduled to increase. Ball might be ready to get some action in the preseason finale.
Huddle Up: Ball looks ready to roll for Week 1. He could actually end up being a bit of a bargain at his Round 2 ADP. Ball will see a majority of the touches in Denver's backfield this season and put up big fantasy numbers.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 8/19/14 2:23pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) participated in drills with a helmet on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Despite his appendectomy, Ball remains a hot commodity in fantasy drafts, and his return to the practice field two weeks after the procedure is welcome news to a number of fantasy GMs. It remains very iffy, though, that the Broncos will green light their No. 1 back to play in either of the two remaining preseason contests.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 8/19/14 5:41pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) has received full medical clearance, but did not participate in team drills Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: This counters an earlier news item which said Ball was a practice participant Tuesday, but it sounds like the Broncos are taking the cautious road with their starting RB. Don't expect to see him in a game prior to the Sept. 7 regular-season opener.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 8/18/14 9:42am ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) is making good progress and said there is a chance he could return to practice at some point this week.
Huddle Up: Ball's fantasy value has slipped into the second round since news of his appendix surgery broke; his return to the practice field likely vaults him back into the first round, as the Broncos have made no moves to replace or insure him other than what's currently on their roster.
Von Miller - LBPosted 8/15/14 2:44pm ET
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (knee) said his knee is responding well, although he is not sure if he will play in the team's third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Miller reportedly has looked strong in camp, and if he returns to anywhere close to his form of his first 2 seasons, the Denver D will be one to own in any size fantasy league.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 8/14/14 2:40pm ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (concussion) is participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 14 after earlier in the day being cleared to resume action. Anderson suffered a concussion last week in the Broncos' preseason opener.
Huddle Up: Anderson, who's trying to overtake Ronnie Hillman for the team's No. 2 RB job, is back on the practice field but it remains iffy that he'll be able to play Sunday in the team's second preseason contest.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 8/14/14 6:56pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) was doing some jogging during practice Thursday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Ball's surgery was Aug. 4, and although not ideal for the Broncos or his fantasy owners, his next game action might not come until the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against Indy.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/13/14 4:18pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders is expected to play in the second preseason game even though he has been dealing with a quadriceps injury.
Huddle Up: The FA acquisition played in the Broncos' exhibition opener but wasn't targeted. Fantasy GMs, meanwhile, would like to see the WR get a little more involved with his new offense this preseason to better gauge the fantasy fit.
Danny Trevathan - LBPosted 8/12/14 2:53pm ET
Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan was carted off the practice field Tuesday, Aug. 12 with a knee injury, but initial tests are said to be encouraging. Trevathan will undergo more tests to find out the severity of the injury.
Huddle Up: Definitely a situation to monitor as Trevathan, A 2012 6th-round pick, was an IDP surprise last season, starting all 16 games on the weak side and leading the Broncos in total tackles (152), interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (3).
Danny Trevathan - LBPosted 8/12/14 4:29pm ET
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan suffered a left-knee fracture and will reportedly miss 4-to-8 weeks.
Huddle Up: Well, hey, it's better than an ACL tear, but it's still likely to keep the Broncos' 2013 leading tackler out for at least the first month of the regular season. Brandon Marshall, a second-year undrafted free agent who's appeared in 6 career NFL games, looks to be the next man up.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/9/14 12:28pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) does not appear to be participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 9. He has been bothered by a right quadriceps injury.
Huddle Up: The injury isn't expected to be serious but should be monitored by fantasy owners. Sanders currently has an ADP of Round 6. While that's a little overvalued, Sanders should have a productive fantasy season playing in Denver's offense as long as he can stay healthy.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 8/9/14 12:28pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) is in attendance at practice Saturday, Aug. 9, and said he is feeling better after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.
Huddle Up: Ball is still on pace to start Week 1 for the Broncos. He remains a first-round fantasy draft pick, despite his surgery. Ronnie Hillman has a solid lead to be Ball's backup and should be drafted as his handcuff.
Demarcus Ware - DEPosted 8/8/14 3:58pm ET
Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware blew up the first play from scrimmage against the Seattle Seahawks in the team's first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 7, and he also sacked QB Russell Wilson two plays later.
Huddle Up: The 32-year-old Ware is coming off his worst season as a pro, but don't write off the vet just yet as a Rocky Mountain revival could be in the offing lining up opposite Von Miller.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 8/8/14 6:13pm ET
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson was diagnosed with a concussion during the team's first preseason game. Anderson will go through the NFL's concussion protocol.
Huddle Up: Anderson was already running third on the Broncos' RB depth chart, further solidifying Ronnie Hillman's grasp on the No. 2 gig for now.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 8/7/14 3:59pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker is at the top of the depth chart as the team's punt returner ahead of WR Jordan Norwood and WR Isaiah Burse.
Huddle Up: Yeah, we know what the depth chart says, but it's hard to imagine the Broncos exposing Welker and his history of concussions to any more hits than necessary. See how the first few preseason games play out, beginning Thursday night against the Seahawks.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 8/7/14 11:29pm ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson left in the second quarter of Thursday night's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks with concussion-like symptoms.
Huddle Up: Anderson is battling Ronnie Hillman for the Broncos' No. 2 gig, but was left wobbly by a hard tackle Thursday night. With starter Montee Ball (apendectomy) expected to miss most -- if not all -- of the preseason, Denver may now be in the market for a free-agent back.
Ronnie Hillman - RBPosted 8/6/14 11:56pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is in line to start the preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 7, against the Seattle Seahawks with RB Montee Ball (appendix) out after an emergency appendectomy.
Huddle Up: Hillman has the early edge over C.J. Anderson to be Ball's backup. However, Hillman will have to hang onto the football and perform well in preseason games to win the No. 2 job. Ball is still expected to be ready for the season opener but Hillman is the favorite to be his handcuff.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/5/14 11:59pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (missed practice Tuesday, Aug. 5, with a strained right thigh.
Huddle Up: This is a new injury cropping up 2 days before the team's preseason opener. Sanders needs the extra work to get acclimated to Peyton Manning and his new team, so missing any amount of time is certainly not ideal.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 8/4/14 2:42pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) will undergo an appendectomy Monday, Aug. 4, but is expected to be ready for the team's regular season opener against Indianapolis, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It's a setback and something to monitor but not an injury to panic over. Ball should still be ready for the opener and his status as a RB1 in the Broncos offense is secure. This does put extra focus on the battle between Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson to be Ball's backup, however. Hillman has been having a tremendous camp and enters the preseason with a slight lead over Anderson for the No. 2 job.
T.J. Ward - SPosted 8/4/14 8:19pm ET
Denver Broncos FS T.J. Ward had prosecutors drop charges against him in exchange for four hours of community service Monday, Aug. 4. Ward had previously pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and disturbing-the-peace charges.
Huddle Up: Ward should consider himself very fortunate as he had been accused of throwing a glass mug at a female bartender. He may get hit with a fine from the league, but a disciplinary suspension is highly unlikely.
Ronnie Hillman - RBPosted 7/31/14 8:53pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has been unbelievable this offseason, according to running backs coach Eric Studesville. Studesville said Hillman is starting to maximize his potential and it's been exciting to witness.
Huddle Up: Many believe second-year back C.J. Anderson is actually running ahead of the 2012 third-round pick in the race to back up Montee Ball, but the true tests -- the preseason games themselves -- are yet to come. Avoiding the fumbling issues that plagued him last season will Key No. 1 for Hillman.
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