The Denver Broncos' No. 2 receiver hasn't practiced in nearly three weeks and could miss the entire preseason.
"Injuries are always a frustrating thing," Peyton Manning said of not getting to work with one of his primary targets. "They're a part of football. Emmanuel's a competitive guy that wants to be out there and wants to have a great year to help our team this year. Obviously when he's healthy, I know he'll be out there and I know he'll be ready to go."
Hamstring injuries are a fickle beasts. Neither the Broncos nor the beat writers have expressed concern that Sanders won't be ready for Week 1. However, with a new offense to learn, missing the preseason could mean a rusty, slow start for Sanders when games begin to count.
Here are some other injuries we've been tracking on Thursday:
- An independent neurologist clearedWashington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to play Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced. Coach Jay Gruden announced earlier in the week that RGIII was expected to play despite suffering a concussion during a 21-17 loss to the Detroit Lions on Aug. 20.
There's a chance wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) could suit up versus the Bucs. Pettine said it depends on "how his body responds to work he just did in practice."