The Ravens’ Week 1 opponent is also dealing with a key injury at wide receiver. Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) of the Broncos has not practiced in nearly three weeks, and it would be surprising to see Sanders play during the preseason.
The Broncos are still optimistic Sanders will be ready Sept. 13, when the Broncos host the Ravens in the season opener. However, just like the Ravens are disappointed that rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) is missing so much practice time, the Broncos are missing Sanders. He is coming off his best NFL season, with 101 catches, 1,404 yards, and nine touchdowns in 2014.
“Injuries are always a frustrating thing,” said Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, via NFL.com. “They’re a part of football. Emmanuel’s a competitive guys 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.”
Perriman missed another practice Thursday, and his return remained uncertain. So as the Broncos and Ravens prepare for their Week 1 meeting, injuries at wide receiver could have an impact on both offenses.