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Sanders (thigh) is listed probable for Sunday's game against the Colts after practicing fully all week, the Broncos' official site reports.

With a full week of practice under his belt, Sanders appears poised to make his regular season debut with the Broncos on Sunday. With Eric Decker no longer in the mix and Wes Welker currently unavailable, Sanders figures to see his share of looks out of the gate, along with fellow wideout Demaryius Thomas.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 2 Months

Sanders could be moved into the slot to start the season in place of Wes Welker, who is suspended for the first four games, the Denver Post reports.

Sanders was expected to start out wide opposite Demaryius Thomas, but with Welker out, he could split time in the slot with tight end Jacob Tamme. If Sanders is moved inside, Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer could see time on the outside. Sanders is a viable receiving threat no matter where he is on the field, and Welker showed last season that the slot receiver in Peyton Manning's offense can still be extremely productive, as evidenced by his eight touchdowns in the first six games.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 2 Months

Sanders (quad) caught five passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns on eight targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

On a quiet night for Demaryius Thomas, Sanders and Wes Welker combined for 14 targets. Sanders did most of his damage before Welker left to be evaluated for a concussion, a development that isn't to be taken lightly. Given Welker's extensive concussion history, an extended absence might be coming. That would leave quite a few more targets to go around, with Sanders, Andre Caldwell and perhaps Cody Latimer the most likely beneficiaries.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 2 Months

Sanders (quad) returned to practice Thursday, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports.

The report suggests that Sanders worked at full speed Thursday, which bodes well for the wideout's chances of suiting up for Saturday night's preseason game against the Texans.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 2 Months

Sanders (quad) did not practice Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.

On the plus side, Sanders, who has not practiced since last Thursday and didn't play Sunday against the 49ers, was able to do some work with the team's strength and conditioning coaches off to the side on Wednesday. "We're just getting that quad back to 100 percent," coach John Fox noted. The wideout's status for Saturday's game against the Texans is thus cloudy, though there is nothing to indicate that Sanders' injury will linger into the regular season.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 2 Months

Sanders (thigh) will not play in Sunday's preseason game versus the 49ers, ESPN.com reports.

Sanders missed Friday's practice with a thigh ailment, which comes after he sat out a few practices at the beginning of this week with a quadriceps injury. Following last week's zero target debut with the Broncos, Sunday represented a fresh opportunity for Sanders to improve his rapport with quarterback Peyton Manning in a game setting. Now, with Sanders ruled out, he'll have to wait another week to make his first catch as a Bronco.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 2 Months

Sanders (quadriceps) returned to practice Tuesday, the Denver Post reports.

Sanders was handed the Broncos' past couple practices off to rest his quad and also attend to a personal matter. According to Tuesday's report, it appears the wideout has put both issues behind him, enabling Sanders to return to practice. In advance of Sunday's second preseason game, expect Sanders to build on his understanding of the Broncos' offense, which could result in more playing time, especially after Sanders wasn't targeted in Denver's exhibition opener.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 2 Months

Although Sanders was excused from Saturday's practice due to personal reasons, he wouldn't have participated, if present, as a result of an injured quad, Lindsey Jones of USA Today reports.

After one preseason outing, Sanders hasn't been targeted yet by Peyton Manning, but as the replacement for Eric Decker, Sanders should have little issue acclimating to his new climes. However, he may be limited in the short term with the aforementioned ailment.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 2 Months

Sanders (undisclosed) didn't partake in practice Saturday, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports.

With one preseason contest under his belt, Sanders has yet to be targeted by Peyton Manning in an actual game, but the versatile wideout will be utilized plenty once the regular season commences. Sanders' status as the third wide receiver shouldn't stop him from wrangling 100-plus targets, which he accomplished for the first time last year with his former squad, the Steelers.

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ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold says the Broncos "were right" about their evaluation and scheme fit for Emmanuel Sanders.