Broncos' star receiver Emmanuel Sanders revealed Monday that his left ankle injury is a high ankle sprain.
Sanders sat out Sunday's 17-15 win over the Bears in an effort to get 100 percent healthy. He said he could have played, but people around him convinced him he would be a detriment to himself and the team if he went out there in his current state.
"It's kind of like when you have a flat tire," Sanders said. "I'm a speed guy, right? So it's ideal for me to have all of my speed."
Sanders originally suffered the injury on the first play of the Broncos' 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He got his ankle taped and re-taped to help him finish the game and even scored a 64-yard touchdown.
Once his ankle begun to swell, Sanders missed the entire week of practice before convincing coaches and trainers to allow him to play against Kansas City.
Sanders said he is hopeful he will play Sunday against New England, but how he practices during practice will have a big impact on how he moves forward. Sanders said today was the first day he didn't get out of bed with a limp.
NFL Media's James Palmer reported Monday that Osweiler will again start at quarterback when Denver meets the New England Patriots next Sunday. Osweiler will start in place of Peyton Manning, who is dealing with a painful case of plantar fasciitis, in addition to a rib injury.
Osweiler made the first start of his career on Sunday, throwing two touchdown passes without an interception in an 17-15 win over the Chicago Bears. The game was played on Osweiler's 25th birthday.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that Manning may not get his job back if Osweiler performs well in what amounts to an in-season audition. A date against the undefeated defending champions looms as the biggest test of Osweiler's career, the story added.
Monday, November 23, 2015, 1:12pm
Dobson is listed as questionable. No word as to how or when the injury surfaced, but it could further deplete New England’s receiving corps if he’s unable to play. Dobson is the team’s fourth wideout behind Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin, though Martin is also questionable with a hamstring injury.
Monday, November 23, 2015, 1:08pm
Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is expected to undergo an MRI today to determine the severity of an ankle injury suffered Sunday night against the Bengals, General Manager Steve Keim said in a radio appearance on Monday.
But those options are few this time of year, and Keim said the team has faith that Robert Nelson, Jr., recently promoted for the practice squad, will produce if called upon.
The Chicago Bears fell just short of coming up with a much-needed win against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but the next time they take the field, they'll likely be a little closer to full strength. According to a report from ESPN.com, running back Matt Forte "appears on track to play" on Thanksgiving day against the Green Bay Packers.
Forte has sat out the last three games with a knee injury. At the time he went down, Forte had 767 total yards in seven games. Rookie backup Jeremy Langford has started in Forte's place, carrying 51 times for 170 catches and three touchdowns while also adding 13 catches for 196 yards and another score. The story said Langford seems likely to return to the backup role when Forte returns, but probably earned more of a spot in the rotation than he had before Forte was injured. The Bears play the Packers in the night game on Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 23, 2015, 11:59am
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (concussion) and running back Ryan Mathews (concussion) were both absent from practice Monday. Mathews has not played since suffering a concussion against the Dolphins. Ertz went down against the Buccaneers.
The Eagles play the early game on Thanksgiving and the turnaround may be too quick for both players to be active for Week 12.
Bradford, who missed this past Sunday's game with a concussion and shoulder injury, was out on the practice field Monday, the first time he has practiced since going down against the Miami Dolphins in Week 10.
The entire practice was not open to the media, but Bradford did everything the other quarterbacks did, and it looked like he might be preparing for a full day's work.
Bradford did not take part in team drills Monday, one of only two practice days the Philadelphia Eagles have this week. Bradford participated in individual drills, according to ESPN. The Eagles play in the early game on Thanksgiving and many speculated Bradford would miss this Week 12 contest in addition to Week 11. HC Chip Kelly said when Bradford is healthy he would start.
Monday, November 23, 2015, 9:40am
Arian Foster has no doubt he'll play football again.
The Houston Texans running back is recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon on his right leg. The 29-year-old has heard the speculation that such an injury might be a career-ender for a running back his age, but he's unfazed.
"Yeah I'll play again," he told The Associated Press. "I'm not the first one to come back from an Achilles tendon (injury)."
Foster has had a tough year, missing the first three games of the season after tearing a groin muscle in training camp. He returned on Oct. 4, but played just four games before his season ended on the non-contact injury to his Achilles tendon.
And even though Fitzpatrick appeared to have a glazed look in his eyes just after the touchdown sneak happened, he said he passed his independent concussion evaluation on the sideline and was cleared to keep playing.
Fitzpatrick kept playing, and he threw two interceptions in the final three minute.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk is reporting that Peyton Manning not only intends to get healthy and play this season, but he also plans to play in 2016.
Manning has sore ribs and a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He was inactive Sunday against the Bears and didn't travel to Chicago.
Manning has struggled mightily this season with nine touchdowns compared to 17 interceptions. He has completed 58.3 percent of his passes and has a rating of 67.6. It seems like a stretch that Manning, at his age with his injuries, would go to a new team and learn a whole new system, especially considering his struggles this season.
Lynch was in street clothes on the sidelines for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. After the Seahawks’ 29-13 victory, Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters that Lynch would travel to Philadelphia to get an abdominal injury checked out by Dr. William Meyers, a surgeon who specialized in sports hernias.
While Carroll said the exact determination of Lynch’s injury hadn’t been determined, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that it’s believed Lynch has a sports hernia. If Meyers confirms the diagnosis, Lynch would have surgery and be lost for the season.
Apparently Lynch played through the injury back in Week 10 with a questionable status, which popped up on the injury report late in the week. He was questionable again leading up to Week 11's game before sitting out, so this report certainly seems to have some weight behind it. Thomas Rawls would fill in if Lynch misses any time and is a must-get if still on waiver wires.
Sunday, November 22, 2015, 8:08pm
The injury occurred on a five-yard run when Carey absorbed a hit from safety T.J. Ward. Carey remained down on the field for several minutes before walking to the locker room under his own power.
Ertz hit the ground hard, with his neck snapping back, after he attempted to hurdle a defender.
Ertz was taken back into the locker room by the doctors to be examined for a head injury. He was diagnosed with a concussion and didn't return.
Ertz was recovering from a core body injury in preseason and was slowly getting back to 100-percent, putting together some solid fantasy outing over the past few weeks. Brent Celek has stood out in the Eagles offense the past few weeks, too, and could end up being a sneaky TE play if Ertz can't get back on the field.
Sunday, November 22, 2015, 7:59pm
Sunday, November 22, 2015, 7:59pm
It's good news Reed returned to the game, but it's something to keep an eye on this week.