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'Optimism' Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders Plays in Week 7 After Suffering Knee Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 13, 2019

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29:  Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos stands on the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars before the game at Empower Field at Mile High on September 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Jaguars defeated the Broncos 26-24. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders left Sunday's matchup against the Tennessee Titans with a knee injury and missed the entire second half.

After the 16-0 win, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported "there is optimism" that Sanders plays on Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Leading up to Week 6, Sanders was listed on the Broncos' injury report with a knee injury that limited him in practice on Wednesday and Friday. He had one catch for zero yards on three targets against the Titans prior to leaving the game.

It's unclear if Sanders did additional damage to his knee during the game or if he's sitting out as a precautionary measure. The two-time Pro Bowler tore his Achilles in December, but he's started all six games to begin 2019.

Through the first five games this season, Sanders ranked second on the Broncos with 35 targets, 24 receptions, 307 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

With Sanders sidelined, Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton will be the top two wideouts for Denver's offense.

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