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Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders felt ‘amazing’ in first game since Achilles injury

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders saw the field for the first time on Monday night since an Achillies injury ended his season earlier last year. Sanders was a little kid after the game, saying it felt amazing to get back on the field with his teammates.

“It’s up there, it’s up there,” Sanders said, via ESPN.com. “To be able to come back and feel how I feel and feel better, still be able to hang out with these 24-year-old kids and still be able to run with them, it’s amazing. I don’t take anything for granted.”

Sanders was the first Broncos player announced during pregame introductions and got a rousing ovation from the home crowd. The first offensive play of the game, Joe Flacco looked the way of Sanders for a five-yard gain. A few plays later, Sanders was involved in an end-around that gained 19 yards.

Earlier this week, Sanders had said he felt like he needed to get some preseason action to feel ready for the regular season, but it’s unclear if he will be suiting up in the last two games.

Asked if he would play again in the preseason, Sanders said Monday, “I don’t know, [I’ll] talk to coach Fangio and see where we go.”

Last season, Sanders missed the last four games of the regular season, but still led the team in catches and receiving yards. He also finished tied for the team lead in touchdown catches. The hope is that Sanders is healthy all season and can be a leader for the offense.