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Sanders caught 7-of-15 targets for 46 yards in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the Colts.

Sanders was the intended target on a number of ugly throws from Peyton Manning, but the Colts still deserve credit for solid coverage. While this wasn't the finish he expected, Sanders had a wildly successful 2014, easily setting personal bests for catches (101), receiving yards (1,404), touchdowns (nine) and targets (141). The move to Denver clearly helped, but this wasn't just a matter of Sanders joining a more prolific offense, as he truly looked like one of the NFL's better receivers. That being said, Sanders faces an uphill battle to match his 2014 stat line, after fading a bit late in the season. The issue wasn't his performance, but rather, Denver's transition to a more run-oriented offense. The change coincided with some shaky play from Peyton Manning, who is already the subject of retirement rumors. In the likely event that Manning decides to give it another shot, he might not be the same guy who tore up the league in 2012, 2013 and most of 2014. It's also possible that his ineffectiveness was related to an injury, and even a rapidly-declining Manning might still be one of the league's more prolific stat producers. Also, Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas are both free agents, though Demaryius is essentially a lock to be back with the Broncos. There are a lot of factors in play here, so we'll have to see how things shake out. The best-case scenario for Sanders' value would be Julius Thomas leaving and Manning staying.

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Sanders (hip) had six catches on nine targets for 73 yards Sunday against the Raiders.

Sanders came into the game questionable due to the hip injury, but he still managed to catch six passes for the second game in a row. The Broncos earned a first-round playoff bye with Sunday's win, giving Sanders some extra time to heal before getting back on the field. His regular season ends with 101 catches on 141 targets for a career-high 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns. Sanders' previous season-high in yardage was 740, which he had last season with the Steelers.

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Sanders (hip) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Sanders entered the weekend listed as questionable, but he'll give it a go Sunday against an Oakland defense that has surrendered 28 passing TDs to date. Only four teams have surrendered more.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 3 Months

Sanders (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports.

Per the report, Sanders is "expected to play at this point," but those inclined to use the wideout this weekend are still advised to verify his status in advance of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff.

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Sanders (hip) remained limited at practice Thursday.

We'll revisit Sanders' status Friday, though Troy Renck of the Denver Post relays that Sanders suggested that he will be fine and was just getting some extra rest in advance of Sunday's game against the Raiders.

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Sanders (hip) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, the Broncos' official site reports.

Sanders headed into this past Monday's game listed as questionable after dealing with the flu in advance of that contest, but now that there's an injury in play, his availability is worth tracking as Sunday's game against the Raiders approaches.

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Sanders (illness) caught 6-of-7 targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 37-28 loss to the Bengals.

Sanders didn't show any lingering signs of illness, and while he only finished third on the team in targets, he caught touchdowns of four and five yards on consecutive drives in the third quarter. Sanders is still having a fantastic season, but Denver's recent emphasis on the running game has affected Sanders' targets rather than Demaryius Thomas'. Nonetheless, the breakout star will be an excellent option for Week 17, as the Broncos need a win to ensure a first-round bye.

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Sanders (illness) is listed as active for Monday's game against the Bengals.

Sanders was sent home from practice Saturday due to flu-like symptoms, but he'll give it a go Monday and figures to see his share of targets from QB Peyton Manning, who is also active after entering the game listed as questionable.

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Sanders (illness) made the trip to Cincinnati for Monday's game, ESPN.com reports.

Though Sanders is technically questionable, the fact that he's traveled and had his symptoms described as merely 'flu-like' means that it'd be a big surprise if he didn't play Monday. Coach John Fox himself said that Sanders is expected to play.

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Sanders (illness) is questionable for Monday's game against Cincinnati.

Sanders is generally expected to play in Monday's game despite getting sent home from practice Saturday due to flu-like symptoms. So long as his symptoms prove manageable by Monday, Sanders ought to be able to play through it. He'll need to join the Broncos' flight for Cincinnati on Sunday to do that, so we'll keep a lookout for confirmation on Sanders' travel plans.