Player News - Broncos

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Royce Freeman (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

This was expected after Freeman got in a limited practice before Week 9. Freeman should be over the high-ankle sprain that cost him two games coming off Denver's bye. Barring a setback, he'll return to a committee role with Phillip Lindsay for Sunday's matchup against the Chargers.
Nov 14 - 2:07 PM

The Broncos expect Royce Freeman (ankle) back for Week 11 against the Chargers.

Dealing with a high ankle sprain, Freeman has been out since Week 7. He will return to a committee alongside Phillip Lindsay and Devontae Booker. Freeman was a touchdown-or-bust flex option early in the season, and we wouldn't expect that to change in the back half. Lindsay has outplayed him all year.
Nov 12 - 3:52 PM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph hopes to get Royce Freeman (ankle) back after the Week 10 bye.

This was always the most likely scenario after Freeman went down in Week 7. Freeman got in a limited practice last Friday but was held out for the second straight week. Barring setbacks, he looks on track to return after Denver's bye.
Nov 7 - 3:14 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said he will "stay the course" with coach Vance Joseph.

He did qualify the statement with, "At this point," but the general manager has seen enough improvement to stick with Joseph. "I’m much more encouraged this year than last year because guys are still playing hard and (we) are in the games," Elway added. Despite this quote, it seems likely this will be Joseph's final season as the Broncos' coach barring a major turnaround.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 6 - 9:55 AM

Case Keenum completed 26-of-42 passes for 290 yards and one touchdown in the Broncos' Week 9 loss to the Texans.

It was a shrug-inducing day for Keenum, who at least notched the one score to make his outing semi-respectable. He ultimately missed a few downfield throws (as he's one to do) and wasn't helped any on a deep touchdown-drop by rookie Courtland Sutton. Demaryius Thomas' absence didn't seem to faze him any, though, as he instead locked in on TE Jeff Heuerman (10/83/1) for a team-high 11 targets. Keenum's now thrown an even number of touchdowns and picks (11) this season. He'll again be a viable streamer when the Broncos return from their bye and face the Chargers in Week 11.
Nov 4 - 9:24 PM

Devontae Booker rushed three times for 15 yards and one score, tacking on two catches for nine yards in the Broncos' Week 9 loss to the Texans.

Booker's touchdown was essentially a vulture-job as he was drastically out-touched by teammate Phillip Lindsay 19-5. It was a severe reduction in his workload sans Royce Freeman in Week 8, having totaled 13 touches against the Chiefs. Given the Broncos' timid and horrid play-calling, Lindsay (the apparent workhorse) need be the only back considered moving forward if Freeman misses any further time.
Nov 4 - 9:03 PM

Emmanuel Sanders corralled 6-of-9 targets for 47 yards in the Broncos' Week 9 loss to the Texans.

Only Jeff Heuerman (10/83/1) saw more targets than Sanders in Denver's first game without Demaryius Thomas. Unfortunately, his nine targets amounted to just 47 yards on the day. Courtland Sutton totaled 3/57 on six fewer catches than Sanders. It was an underwhelming outing given the surrounding situation, but owners need not lose hope in him yet. Sanders will stay a WR2/3 when the Broncos return in Week 11 against the Chargers.
Nov 4 - 8:48 PM

Phillip Lindsay fought for 60 yards on 17 carries in the Broncos' Week 9 loss to the Texans.

He added 24 yards on two catches, too. The Texans boast what's arguably the league's top rush defense, inevitably keeping Lindsay bottled up for 3.5 YPC on 17 hard-fought totes. Devontae Booker frustratingly vultured the Broncos' only rushing score of the day, but Lindsay still worked ahead and out-touched him 19-5. Including Week 8, Lindsay's now out-touched Booker 40-18 in Denver's last two games without Royce Freeman. The undrafted rookie will see his recent surge in touches reduced once Freeman returns after the bye, but it's clear the team has no fear in featuring him if Freeman misses any further action.
Nov 4 - 7:42 PM

Jeff Heuerman hauled in 10 catches for 83 yards and one score on a team-high 11 targets in the Broncos' Week 9 defeat to the Texans.

In Denver's first game without Demaryius Thomas, it was unexpectedly Heuerman who led the team across the board in targets, catches, and receiving yards. He was hogging red zone usage all along, leading the team in targets inside the 10-yard line (7) prior to Sunday, but he was averaging just 3.8 targets on the year. His 11 looks Sunday were a season high. Given the landscape and desecration at his position, Heuerman is a viable season-long flier just in case this amount of volume unexpectedly continues to be thrown his way.
Nov 4 - 7:28 PM

Courtland Sutton caught 3-of-5 targets for 57 yards in the Broncos' Week 9 loss to the Texans.

He nearly hauled in a deep throw for a touchdown from Case Keenum, but the ball was slapped out of his grasp the moment he tried tucking it in. All in all the rookie was used as expected in the team's first game without Demaryius Thomas, leading the team in air yards (67) as the primary downfield threat. TE Jeff Heuerman turned out to be the biggest beneficiary sans Thomas, seeing a team-high 11 targets. Sutton will still struggle with consistent fantasy production (but keep a high ceiling) if he doesn't start seeing more targets moving forward.
Nov 4 - 7:15 PM

Broncos C Matt Paradis suffered a fractured right fibula in Week 9 against the Texans.

It's a season-ending injury. Paradis is one of the top centers in the league, so this is a huge loss. Connor McGovern will replace Paradis, with Elijah Wilkinson taking over at right guard.
Nov 4 - 6:06 PM

Broncos C Matt Paradis (ankle) won't return for Week 9 against the Texans.

Prior to being carted off, Paradis hadn't missed a regular season snap throughout his career. Connor McGovern slid over to center, and Elijah Wilkinson came in at right guard. We'll update Paradis' status when we know more.
Nov 4 - 5:35 PM

Broncos declared RB Royce Freeman, WR DaeSean Hamilton, S Darian Stewart, CB Bradley Roby, LB Brandon Marshall, OL Sam Jones, and OL Nico Falah inactive for Week 9 against the Texans.

Phillip Lindsay and, to a lesser extent, Devontae Booker will again be tasked in leading Denver's backfield against the Texans. Houston will be without LB Zach Cunningham, potentially boosting Lindsay's receptions out of the backfield. He's a strong RB1 in this matchup, whereas Booker remains a deep-league PPR FLEX flier.
Nov 4 - 2:40 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Royce Freeman (ankle) is not expected to play Week 9 against the Texans.

Reportedly dealing with a high-ankle sprain, it would have been a stretch for Freeman to return just two weeks after suffering the injury. He appears close, however, and should be ready to go following Denver's Week 10 bye. With Freeman out, Phillip Lindsay will once again work as the No. 1 with Devontae Booker filling in on passing downs.
Nov 4 - 12:06 AM

Royce Freeman (ankle) is questionable for Week 9 against the Texans.

Freeman tried to go Thursday, but he reportedly wasn't able to do enough to be considered 'limited.' He's a true question mark for Sunday. If Freeman's unable to suit up, rookie Phillip Lindsay would again garner high-end RB1 consideration in what should be terrific game script at home. Devontae Booker would stay playing a role on passing downs behind Lindsay, making him a deep league PPR FLEX play.
Nov 2 - 1:53 PM

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