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Broncos’ Vic Fangio expects Emmanuel Sanders to play at some point in the preseason

Emmanuel Sanders is still not 100 percent as kickoff of the regular season draws closer and closer. The good news? As head coach Vic Fangio tells it, the Denver Broncos’ top wide receiver is expected to play in the preseason despite his ongoing recovery toward full health from offseason surgery.

Sanders has participated in training camp since it opened late last month, but mostly been kept from full-contact or 11-on-11 drills. He first took part in team drills during the second week of training camp.

Those limitations certainly haven’t prevented the veteran from making his presence known at Broncos practice, most notably in a negative light last week when he and fellow wide receiver Courtland Sutton came to blows on the field. Both players were at practice the following day, though, insisting their disagreement was already in the past and wouldn’t affect them going forward. Sanders and Sutton figure to be the top targets in 2019 for new quarterback Joe Flacco, acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason.

Sanders suffered a torn Achilles during an early December practice last season. The Broncos immediately confirmed he was done for the remainder of the season, placing the 32-year-old on injured reserve.

Sanders signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Broncos in March 2015 after beginning his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He quickly emerged as one of most reliable receivers in football from there, signing a lucrative extension with Denver the following spring. In just 12 games played last season, Sanders caught 71 passes for 868 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Broncos in each category.

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